ERIC Number: ED357788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges: Reshaping an Educational Vision. Policy Briefs, Number Nine.
Amsler, Mary; And Others
Designed to keep educational practitioners informed of current trends and practices, this policy brief explores the changing identity of the nation's community colleges and presents four special inserts describing specific trends for the community college systems of California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, respectively. The brief reviews the traditional access to community colleges provided by the open-door philosophy, which led to rapid growth, a diverse student population, and ultimately a loss of cohesion in the curriculum as remedial programs gained emphasis. Two indicators of the current confusion over the colleges' identity are examined: the controversy over transfer, including the decline in students transferring and bureaucratic hindrances to transfer, and the rapid expansion of occupational education. Finally, the shift in funding and governance from the local- to the state-level is explored as a contributing factor to the changing identity, especially as it has limited educational access by the imposition of new fees and less direct community control. The two-page special inserts discuss responses of four state community college systems to the changes in funding, student demographics, faculty needs, and identity. The inserts include: (1) "Reform for the California Community Colleges," by Aileen Murdock; (2) "Community Colleges in Arizona: The Challenges and the Responses," by Virginia V. Stahl and Robert T. Stout; (3) "Utah's Community Colleges: A Time of Change," by Michael Murphy; and (4) "Nevada's Community Colleges: Portraits of Growth and Change," by Myrna Matranga. (MAB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Nevada; Utah