ERIC Number: ED390497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Access and Opportunity Committee.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In February 1995, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) established a committee to study accessibility and opportunity within the community college system. This document provides the Committee's report, focusing on changing conditions and challenges facing the system. Following introductory materials, a paradigm shift between the 1950's and the present is described with reference to the job skills currently needed by high school graduates to compete for entry-level jobs. Next, general characteristics of the state's community college students are described, including the fact that the "typical" student is a 31-year old adult beyond traditional college age, and the most significant barriers faced by these adult students are reviewed, including financial, personal, preparational, geographical, and cultural barriers. Finally, the following six recommendations are presented: (1) reduce financial barriers by modifying the financial aid system, controlling the growth of tuition and fees, and increasing resources to make college more affordable; (2) ensure access by implementing innovative methods for delivering instruction; (3) implement an educational system that moves students from school to work regardless of what point they enter the community college; (4) provide an education that guarantees student success in the job market; (5) enhance teaching and learning through technology, research, and experimentation with classroom teaching; and (6) provide an inclusive, multicultural climate for learning that acknowledges diversity. A list of Board members and information on fiscal year 1995 financial aid eligibility and awards are appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.