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ERIC Number: ED376876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 33
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Identifying and Dealing with Access Barriers at Mercer County Community College.
Bolge, Robert D.
Most barriers to higher education fall into one of six categories: personal access barriers (e.g., lack of information, low self-esteem, or loss of motivation); socioeconomic barriers (e.g., lack of transportation or child care); sociocultural barriers (e.g., family pressures or language problems); socioeducational barriers (e.g., inadequate academic skills or image of the community college); institutional organization and culture (e.g., lack of personalized counseling or role models); and federal and state regulations (e.g., lowering of funding and restriction of financial aid requirements). Over its 27-year history, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has developed many unique access programs and services to accomplish its mission of providing educational opportunities to all residents of the county. These programs include the following: (1) MCCC has helped county high schools develop college fair events during school hours and in the evening; (2) the MCCC recruitment program offers a long-term counseling component to prepare students to enter college; (3) hourly bus service to campus is provided, and bus tickets are 50% subsidized; (4) child care is available on campus; (5) minority admissions counselors are specially designated; (6) welfare students are provided with additional stipends and scholarships; (7) small-group counseling is available to help students resolve family pressures; (8) all students are given a basic skills placement test; (9) literacy and developmental programs are available to assist underprepared students; (10) high school equivalency exam training programs are provided free of charge; and (11) non-credit youth programs help develop student motivation to attend college. Insufficient funding may force open access institutions like MCCC to eliminate special programs, limit the number of students, or eliminate open access altogether. (KP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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