ERIC Number: ED317853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-3
A President's View of Cooperative Education.
Mosier, Richard H.
During the next 20 years, more workers will need retraining. This trend is already evident as more adults return to college. Although the adult population of the United States grew 33 percent between 1969 and 1984, the number of people enrolling in adult education courses grew by 79 percent, and job-related courses increased from 25 percent to 43 percent of the adult education courses taught. Cooperative education in 2-year colleges could be in the forefront in serving this educational market. Some of the benefits of cooperative education are listed. Cooperative education affords: (1) an entree to expanding partnerships between college and business/industry; (2) a base for the development of a private fund raising program; (3) diversity of educational experiences and programming; (4) a fast track to educational achievement; and (5) the opportunity for earning while learning. To seize the opportunity, cooperative educators should prepare a business plan showing how a cooperative education program can produce student credit hours at a lower incremental cost than the base cost for their institution. The lower the cost per unit the better, but educators should guard against creating false expectations. Educators should take this plan to their college president, along with a recital of the benefits of cooperation; it will probably be implemented and the "golden age" of cooperation on that campus will begin. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Cooperative Education Association (San Antonio, TX, April 3, 1990).