ERIC Number: ED355561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Speech-Communication Professor at the Community College: Reaching Out to At-Risk Students to Achieve Academic Success.
Lane, Shelley D.
Community college students can be characterized by factors that typically relate to students at-risk. On the whole, community college students are members of minority groups, older, attend school on a part-time basis, have taken on family responsibilities, and are less well-prepared than students in four-year colleges and universities. Although most community colleges utilize special programs and courses designed to reach at-risk students, it is the professor who plays the pivotal role in helping at-risk students achieve academic success. Community college professors in general, and speech communication professors in particular, can reach out to at-risk students in a variety of ways. Inside the classroom, they can provide relevance and structure in their everyday lessons. They can also involve students in the learning process, communicate the benefits of successful completion of coursework, and motivate students to achieve. Additionally, community college professors must communicate caring and concern for students, and they can encourage students to succeed by implementing educational support strategies. Outside the classroom, speech communication professors can reach out to at-risk students by interacting with them during office hours, by engaging in special activities, and when participating in student advising sessions. (Nineteen references are included.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A