ERIC Number: ED420330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Community Colleges: Quo Vadis?
Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly
This paper addresses problems in community colleges and provides suggestions for rectifying them. High dropout rates, low funds, general lethargy and discouragement, and faculty burnout pose great challenges to colleges in this nation. Possible suggestions to remedy the situation include: involving faculty more in change-oriented activities; encouraging faculty to develop greater linkages with community resources; updating and enhancing the teaching environment; changing the academic calendar to provide more flexibility and opportunities for faculty; providing incentives to faculty to reward effective teaching; professionalizing teaching in the eyes of the public; and providing more opportunities for employee-assistance type programs for teachers. Perhaps the most important step is to accept the faculty as full partners and colleagues and listen to valuable suggestions they may offer. Adopting these simple suggestions may help chart a path in the direction of real education reform. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the Challenges Ahead in Higher Education Conference at the Inter-American University (San Juan, PR, January 5, 1998).