ERIC Number: ED374870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Argument for Providing Developmental Education as Part of the Comprehensive Urban Community College Mission of Hudson County Community College. Special Report 93.04.
Historically, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) in New Jersey has included developmental education within its mission. As a result of a major re-evaluation of the College's offerings and operations during 1992, it was recommended that: (1) the college formulate curricula that would serve students who do not progress to college-level study so that they will obtain skills to enable them to enter the working world; (2) maintain assessment and developmental services for academically underprepared students; and (3) obtain alternative funding programs for students in pre-college remedial programs. The mission statement approved in April 1993 included the importance of access regardless of educational preparation and basic skills instruction. In a comprehensive review of academic progress of students who began as freshmen in 1989, 20% began in degree programs; 30% began in developmental education; and 50% began in English-as-a-Second-Language course. The evidence overwhelmingly justifies the inclusion of a developmental education goal in HCCC's mission. The challenge for the college is to carry out this function at such a high level of excellence that developmental education students will be able to hold gainful employment; take part in community life; and continue their education in degree programs. HCCC must help the community understand the necessity of developmental education and support that domain of the mission. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.