ERIC Number: ED398951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Demographics: Diversity in More Forms. Student Demographics, Now and the Future.
Windham, Patricia; And Others
While demographic diversity among the student body has increased substantially over the past several decades, the academic, economic, and social diversity of students will play a greater part in upcoming staffing and faculty requirements at community colleges. Data from Tallahassee Community College (TCC), in Florida, from 1980 to 1994 indicate sharp increases in enrollment by minority and disabled students, students needing at least one remedial course, financial aid recipients, first-generation students, and formerly incarcerated students. To serve these students, faculty and staff should be aware of the impact and interrelationships between these different types of diversity. At TCC, counseling services have been implemented for students with disabilities and staff training has been provided for dealing with students with emotional problems. Remedial students face the challenges of conflicting obligations such as work and family obligations, false expectations, and lack of academic, emotional, and social/cultural preparation or support. Faculty, therefore, should be more accommodating to students' obligations when problems arise, advise students and help them learn the system, and maximize communication. Finally, to accommodate the new diverse populations of students, institutions should improve advising, especially for freshman and college preparatory students; provide diversity training for faculty, staff, and students; and increase efforts to recruit qualified minority faculty. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Role, Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Educational Counseling, Educational Trends, Educationally Disadvantaged, Faculty Advisers, Faculty Recruitment, First Generation College Students, School Counselors, School Demography, Special Needs Students, Student Adjustment, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Community College Research (25th, Panama City, FL, August 5-7, 1996).