ERIC Number: ED351054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Forgotten Minorities: Rural Americans and the Colleges That Serve Them. Report on AACC National Agenda Priorities from the Commissioner on Small/Rural Community Colleges.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Proactive steps should be taken at the national level to ensure that rural America receives educational and economic opportunities comparable to those provided to the nation's urban regions. This report, by the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC's) Commission on Small/Rural Community Colleges, details policy and administrative recommendations related to AACC's national agenda priorities. First, a discussion is provided of rural America's social problems, dispelling some common misconceptions about rural life and demographics. Next, general policy recommendations are reviewed, stemming from the Commission's suggestion that the AACC have one comprehensive concern that affects all Americans: economic viability for the nation, through the preservation of existing jobs, as well as the creation of new jobs in the manufacturing, agriculture, service, and information sectors of the economy. The policy and administrative recommendations adopted by the Commission in its October, 1992 meeting are then provided under the following headings: (1) Advocacy, including specific recommendations concerning economic development, tax and finance, and general education initiatives in rural areas; (2) Research, including several specific recommendations related to the development and operation of an information center for the community college movement, and to the coordination of data collection efforts; and (3) Education and Coordination, offering a recommendation on commission appointments and one on inter-commission cooperation. Finally, the commission's planned activities to support AACC's mission in fiscal year 1993 are outlined. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Policy, Job Development, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Mission Statements, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.