ERIC Number: ED420329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Trends in Community College Education: A Window of Opportunity.
Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly
This paper discusses the trends in community college education and the societal and demographic changes that are influencing these trends. School enrollments have been increasing in recent years due to the flood of incoming children from baby boomers and immigrant minorities, as well as from students who are staying in school longer. These enrollment increases result in overcrowding, lack of funds, and a shortage of qualified faculty. It is predicted that more adults will return to college to improve their employment skills, and the numbers of new college enrollments from high school graduates will increase dramatically. Recent demographics also have determined that over the next ten years, high turnover rate and governmental support in higher education will provide many teaching opportunities, but most of these will be adjunct positions, with fields such as science, math, and computers in greater demand than English and history. This narrow window of opportunity will be open for those who wish to teach at community colleges during the next decade, but afterward, positions will be fewer. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Seton Hall University Higher Education Conference (South Orange, NJ, October 31, 1997).