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ERIC Number: ED351046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Critical Issues Facing America's Community Colleges.
Lorenzo, Albert L.; Banach, William J.
Drawing on demographic data, a variety of sources and abstracted documentation, as well as the work of national scanning panels, this report briefly reviews the following 12 issues facing community colleges: (1) the conflict between the broad requirements of state and federal educational legislation, and the increasingly unique demands placed on individual institutions to address local needs; (2) the decreasing availability of resources to meet people's needs; (3) the growing difficulty in identifying and defining the purpose of community colleges; (4) the increasing demand on institutions to assess their educational outcomes; (5) the casual attitude many students take towards education; (6) the problem of an aging faculty, nearing retirement, with little incentive to become actively involved in change efforts; (7) the need to teach students about the history, culture, politics, and economies of other countries; (8) the problems of finding qualified faculty to fill new vacancies, while providing incentives for older faculty to retire once they can no longer make quality contributions; (9) the ambivalence of many instructors to utilize new educational technologies; (10) the lack of research activity among the majority of community college educators; (11) the absence of a dominant workplace strategy (e.g., agricultural, industrial) which could lead to a dominant educational strategy; and (12) the need to develop consistently applied moral/ethical principles to reinforce a system of lasting beliefs/values. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Inst. for Future Studies.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A