ERIC Number: ED368433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Democracy's Open Door: The Community College in America's Future.
Griffith, Marlene; Connor, Ann
Community colleges concentrate on the neglected first two years of college; raise educational levels of underprepared students; educates and trains students to be qualified, skilled workers; and re-educates those whose skills are outdated; and those who have college degrees but no work skills. Drawing from interviews with community college students, faculty, and administrators, this book seeks to demonstrate the value of open-door institutions of higher learning which are being threatened by budget cuts and public and professional misunderstandings and misperceptions. The book contains 10 chapters: (1) "The New Educational Reality," which dispels the myth that college students are all 18-year olds enrolling in four-year colleges; (2) "David and Connie: Writing Their Own Educational Scripts," which profiles two students with nontraditional educational paths; (3) "Community College Students: Diverse Goals, Diverse Paths," which examines community colleges' responses to many different needs; (4) "Builders of Community, Agents of Change," which explores the colleges' role in and responsibility to the community; (5) "Teaching Today's Students," which urges teachers to find new ways to teach the changing population; (6) "Initiating the Uninitiated: The Uses of Language," which delves into the area of teaching underprepared, illiterate, or non-English speaking students; (7) "Educating a Vital Workforce," which takes on the topic of vocational education; (8) "Big and Bold: Democracy's Colleges," which examines the commonalities and differences between community colleges; (9) "Keeping the Door Open: History and Change," which offers a historical perspective; and (10) "Community College Issues: What Is Success?," which suggests more relevant ways to measure success than numbers of students transferring to four-year institutions. (KP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Trends, Nontraditional Students, Open Enrollment, Politics of Education, Relevance (Education), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Heinemann, 361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912 ($16.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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