ERIC Number: ED373840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Access to Success for All: Open Doors in Today's Community Colleges.
Accessibility is widely implemented in community colleges through curriculum comprehensiveness and services designed to meet the needs of students with special or non-traditional needs. The current threat to open access in community colleges arises from general funding restraints, forcing colleges to slash programs that are not economically viable, and from increasing pressure from the private and public sectors to conform to training requirements specified by industry. Currently, one third of the population continues to decline higher education participation and economic capability. Meanwhile, the existing student population is older, more female, more part-time, and with lower measured academic ability. The U.S. Department of Labor anticipates that by the year 2000, there will be more jobs than qualified people in highly skilled occupations; and that 90% of new jobs will be in the service sector, requiring higher levels of literacy and technical expertise. The following six strategies can help colleges extend the opportunity of "access to quality" and "access to success": (1) develop linkages and partnerships with public and private agencies; (2) shift the burden of vocational training to the private sector; (3) focus on a general academic core; (4) eliminate community service programs; (5) combine open access with selective programs; and (6) direct resources to improve remedial programs. Contains 50 references. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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