ERIC Number: ED355437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Helping Servicemembers with Flawed High School Education.
Anderson, Clinton L.; And Others
New recruits who need developmental work to be ready for college-level work often seem to fall into a gap in the military's structure for education. Contrary to what critics portray, research points to a variety of success-oriented developmental education programs. Factors that ensure program success include inclusion of problem solving and critical thinking, academic credit, incorporation as part of the academic affairs area of the institution, and the educators themselves. The Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services support educational opportunities for servicemembers. Although over 90 percent of servicemembers are high school graduates, many are at risk academically. Study findings illustrate a need for adult basic and developmental education, especially among minorities. Data suggest high percentages of those academically at risk will not draw available education benefits. Institutional efforts to support servicemembers through developmental education are in place at Tidewater Community College (Virginia), Central Texas College, and Fayetteville Technical College (North Carolina). Issues to be resolved are as follows: the need for developmental education to help academically at-risk minority servicemembers; whether DOD has a real social mission for helping develop youth; resources; role of leadership development; identification of prospective students; and student motivation. Appendixes include a description of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, and course descriptions from developmental programs. (Contains 66 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, College Preparation, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Enlisted Personnel, Government School Relationship, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Individual Development, Institutional Cooperation, Military Service, Military Training, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Remedial Programs, Skill Development, Student Financial Aid, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A paper based on this report was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Anaheim, CA, November 4-7, 1992).