ERIC Number: ED333951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Community College Role in Achieving Adult Literacy. ERIC Digest.
Williams, Dana Nicole; Colby, Anita Y.
In 1990, President George Bush and the nation's governors adopted new goals for education, including the goal that every adult American would be literate by the year 2000. During the past two decades, community colleges have played a significant role in the promotion of adult literacy. In many ways, the resources and services provided by community colleges very closely fit with the needs of adult literacy training. In the Maricopa Community College District (Arizona), volunteers teach functionally illiterate adults to read and write at no charge, and offer an 18-hour training workshop for individual tutors. Project LIFE at South Plains College (Texas) combines the resources of the major literacy providers in the area to offer literacy training and prevocational workshops to enhance employability. In addition to the direct provision of instruction in reading and writing, community colleges are involved in literacy development through the coordination of delivery activities among different organizations and institutions, the training of literacy tutors and instructors, post-literacy services, services for learning disabled students, workplace literacy efforts, and computer-assisted literacy instruction. The field of adult literacy has been negatively affected by the lack of meaningful program evaluation at state, institutional, and program levels. If community colleges are to continue to play a significant role in combating the nation's literacy problem, they will require additional leadership and funding from state and federal sources, increased recruitment and training of faculty to work with students reading below the fifth grade level, and more flexible methods of delivering instruction. (JMC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.