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ERIC Number: ED352080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-9
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
A Comparative Analysis of Community Colleges and Two-Year Technical Colleges.
Wilkinson, David
Community colleges (CC's) are institutions using postsecondary instruction adapted in context, level, and schedule, to the needs of the community in which they are located, offering programs intended for normal completion over a two-year, full-time equivalent period, and usually offering a comprehensive curriculum with transfer, career, and compensatory elements along with general and adult education components. Two-year technical colleges (TC's), unlike vocational colleges which provide preparation for occupations, are postsecondary schools offering training in the application of technologies at a level between skilled trades and professions (e.g., data processing, and mechanical engineering). TC's fall into one of four categories: technical campuses of multi-campus CC systems; state administered two-year institutions; two-year proprietary institutions; and non-publicly funded, non-profit institutions. Drawing on these two definitions throughout, this 12-part report details the characteristics of the two types of institutions. After an introduction that includes the definitions, the following sections examine the CC's and TC's separately: (1) history; (2) institutional philosophy and related characteristics; (3) governance and administration; (4) finance; (5) student body characteristics; (6) the role of adult educators; (7) curriculum and methodology; (8) body of knowledge taught; (9) demographic trends; and (10) new issues facing the institutions. A brief conclusion underscores the importance of both types of institutions to the nation. A 64-item bibliography is included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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