ERIC Number: ED409939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
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Is Middlesex County College Accomplishing Its Mission?
Balabkins, Xenia P.
Over the past few years, New Jersey's Middlesex County College (MCC) has placed an inordinate amount of attention and effort on the issue of student transfer to four-year institutions. Although attention to traditional academic goals is important, MCC's stated mission also addresses other important segments of the college's market. The college has a diverse population with diverse needs, but uses what marketers call "a homogeneous approach" to delivering services and measure success. Data provided by the college's Office of Research and Planning indicate that although the county's population has grown, enrollment has declined at the college, suggesting that it is not meeting the needs of some of the area residents. For example, all students regardless of educational objective must take college placement tests, discouraging students who want to simply upgrade job-related skills or take courses for personal growth. MCC must also make efforts to meet the needs of the area's diverse English as a Second-Language students. Because MCC's mission statement says that the college serves all individuals who can benefit from postsecondary learning, the college should consider more than graduation and retention rates and address ways that it can meet the changing needs of its diverse population. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.