ERIC Number: ED369445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Climbing Out from Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Responding to the Challenges of the At-Risk Student.
Roueche, John E.; Roueche, Suanne D.
Leadership Abstracts, v7 n3 Mar 1994
The 1993 book, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The At-Risk Student in the Open-Door College," provided a status report on community college responses to at-risk students, or students who possess academic, social, and economic problems that challenge their success in college. In addition to providing a brief history of at-risk programs and literature and research reviews, the book highlighted 12 exemplary community college programs. Although the programs served different at-risk populations, they shared numerous policy and procedural characteristics. These characteristics, and their implications, can be condensed into the following nine recommendations: (1) pre-enrollment activities should be proactive, offering skills testing to potential students in elementary or high school and occupational testing to adults; (2) orientation should be required of entering students; (3) late registration should be abolished; (4) basic skills assessment and placement should be mandatory, with test data used to place students in appropriate classes; (5) dual enrollment should be eliminated for basic skill and regular academic courses; (6) working students should be strongly encouraged to reduce academic loads to help them better accommodate the demands of work, family, and college; (7) more comprehensive financial aid opportunities and employment for students on campus should be provided; (8) problem-solving and literacy activities should be incorporated into all courses; and (9) student and program outcomes should be evaluated regularly and findings disseminated. (BCY)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.