ERIC Number: ED357775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
New York University Symposium on Urban Community Colleges Report (New York, New York, April 1-2, 1993).
The New York University Symposium on Urban Community Colleges examined the distinctions between urban and non-urban community colleges, the role of urban community colleges in linking high schools and universities and in promoting local economic development, and methods of identifying and developing leaders for these institutions. No definitive picture of the institution emerged during the symposium deliberations, though many participants focused their comments on those community colleges serving urban areas characterized by ethnically diverse populations living on the margins of American society. Many participants linked the colleges' identity to the economic and political problems of inner-city life, citing problems such as precarious social environs and the inequities suffered by many urban minorities. Many asserted that traditional curriculum designs and instructional methods are inadequate responses to the needs of inner-city students, and various avenues for instructional reform were proposed. Barriers to reform, such as limited fiscal resources, lack of expertise, and the institutional culture itself, were discussed. Hopes for the development of a more flexible internal culture led to discussions of the education and desired characteristics of future college leaders. University graduate programs in community college leadership were criticized for focusing on administrative processes rather than educational purposes, perennial problems and issues, professional integrity, networking, and the social and historical context of the community college. Another major problem is the perceived reluctance of many faculty members and middle managers to take on leadership responsibilities. The issue of community and social service as a corollary to instructional effectiveness emerged throughout these discussions, as participants expressed a range of opinions on colleges' involvement in the amelioration of local economic and social conditions. (MAB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
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