ERIC Number: ED339446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-1
Access Plus Quality: The Formula for Student Success. The Third Annual Harry S. Truman Lecture, Washington, D.C.
Harry S. Truman envisioned the community college as an institution that should reach into every community in America, not just in terms of providing the first two years of a baccalaureate education, but also of providing postsecondary vocational technical education. The community college, Truman believed, should also provide an acceptable re-entry for people who had dropped out of school, along with a personal enrichment component. As community colleges establish themselves, they must maintain a blend of access and quality. The companionship between access and quality can be characterized by four "Rs"--recruitment, retention, role modeling, and recognition. Colleges that are serious about recruitment must link access, the quality of education, and the hope for a better quality of life. The quality of an education lies not just in the mastery of technical skills but in the enhancement of self-image. Improving retention involves financial aid, counseling and remediation, peer tutoring, and a good image of the college. Role modeling comes into play when community colleges stress the value and meaning of education; students need to see someone in the classroom, in the administration, and in the college governance structure that looks like them, in terms of their culture, their positive value system, and their racial and ethnic heritage. Recognition of outstanding examples of community colleges throughout the nation is necessary to enhance the image of the community college. Institutional success, as opposed to student success, can be assisted through four"Cs"--communication, cooperation, coordination of effort, and commitment. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. National Center for Higher Education.