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ERIC Number: ED356015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 298
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: ISBN-0-87117-259-3
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The At-Risk Student in the Open-Door College.
Roueche, John E.; Roueche, Suanne D.
Showcasing 12 community college programs recognized as successful in serving the needs of at-risk students, this book reviews the impact of limited resources and a growing high-risk student population on community colleges, examines successful programs and strategies, discusses faculty selection, and reviews program evaluation criteria and methods. Chapter 1, "Focusing on the Problems: America between a Rock and a Hard Place," describes the economic, technological, and demographic imperatives providing the impetus for American community colleges to remain viable, open-access institutions. Chapter 2, "Back to the Future: Getting Here from There," provides a brief history of two-year colleges, describing the events leading to the growing population of at-risk students, the proliferation of programs and strategies for dealing with these students, and the criticisms surrounding such efforts. This chapter also describes a 1992 survey of program directors from 12 award-winning two-year college programs for dealing with at-risk students. Chapter 3, "Designing Programs To Work: Shifting Paradigms for Changing Times," reviews the goals, objectives, and achievements of successful at-risk student programs. Chapter 4, "Selecting and Developing Faculty: Getting to the Heart of the Matter," reviews findings from studies of excellence in teaching, and describes strategies for identifying and selecting faculty. After discussing problems facing at-risk students, chapter 5, "The Door Opens with Identification, Orientation, and Involvement: Who Am I? and What Am I Doing Here?" describes the importance of student orientation and involvement and considers issues of assessment and placement. Chapter 6, "Instructional Strategies: Identifying Some Realities of 'How' To Get There," reviews theories of student learning and examines specific institutional strategies that support instruction. Chapter 7, "Program Evaluation: The Proof of the Pudding," describes current legislative initiatives and other strategies for program evaluation. Finally, chapter 8, "Through the Looking Glass: Toward a Vision of Student Success," provides a series of recommendations for responding to the needs of at-risk students. Contains 355 references. (PAA)
American Association of Community Colleges, One DuPont Circle, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 ($27.50; $23 for members).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.