ERIC Number: ED348129
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
In the Shadow of Baccalaureate Institutions. ERIC Digest.
Interfering with the ability of community colleges to face the challenges involved in fulfilling their multiple missions is the fact that the colleges are often regarded as "inferior" when compared to four-year baccalaureate institutions. Ironically, many of the concessions that community colleges have made to gain stature have hurt, rather than enhanced, their image. Shifting to the academic calendar, and to a collegiate credit system, has hindered occupational program delivery, while adopting general education requirements has exacerbated credit transfer problems for community college transfer students. In no area is the imbalance of status felt more deeply than transfer. Faculty at four-year schools often regard community college transfer students as inferior, even though they perform as well academically as native students. Moreover, four-year institutions dominate decisions about transfer and are unlikely to relinquish control unless forced to do so by accrediting agencies or state mandate. This imbalance of power has suppressed the community colleges' freedom to set curriculum, particularly limiting interdisciplinary and innovative course offerings. Yet, community colleges continue to serve successfully a diverse and growing population, performing critical and often disparate functions under heavy constraints. Examples of positive collaboration between two- and four-year institutions do exist. Community colleges need not live in the shadow of baccalaureate institutions; equal partnership between two- and four-year schools is vital to achieving effective education for the nation's citizens. (MAB)
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.