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ERIC Number: ED360654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-30
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Metaphor of Open Admissions as a Communication Paradigm.
Ames, Ina Ruth
The metaphor of "open admissions," a consistent communication tradition at Mount Ida College, Massachusetts, is an oral tradition that has survived the many metamorphoses the college has experienced and provided consistency for the college mission and population. Begun as the Mount Ida School for Girls, the school was both Mount Ida School for Girls and a junior college by the 1920s. In 1982, it began granting baccalaureate degrees and became Mount Ida College. The college merged with several other schools and colleges in the late 1980s. The admissions policy created a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic population long before that of other institutions. Even though the college has shifted to a "participatory management" approach that no longer reflects the tradition of the past, the institution's cultural tradition of open admissions has better prepared Mount Ida College for the greater shifts in cultural diversity than many other colleges. Faculty have more experience and expertise in delivering both academic material and individual counseling to students from varied backgrounds than peers at other colleges. Open admissions as a metaphor will remain a cause of creative tension between the faculty and the administration, but that tension has contributed to the college's being prepared for the immense influx of cultural diversity that has caused social identity problems on many campuses. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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