ERIC Number: ED421183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Where We're Going--What We Know about the World Past Y2K.
Levin, Bernard H.
An analysis of economic, social, and demographic trends can shed light on how two-year colleges and other social institutions will be affected in the future. According to census data, the percentage of children living with one parent increased from 12% in 1974 to 27% in 1994, while the percentage of households without married couples is projected to increase faster than other types of households in the future. In addition, more people will probably be living alone, while the percentage of the population in correctional facilities is expected to continue to increase. The disparity in income between Whites and Blacks and Hispanics also is expected to continue to increase, which will challenge the traditional community college mission. This situation may worsen as welfare reform takes effect, with an increasing proportion of the population having little in common with the traditional middle class. With respect to race, by the year 2005 Hispanics are expected to constitute the largest minority in the United States. The median age of the country's population will increase by 27.5% from 1980 to the year 2000, a trend which has tremendous implications for academic curricula and the continuing education function of community colleges. Community colleges, which disproportionately serve the poor and minority communities, can expect even greater difficulties if these trends prevail. (Contains 12 references.) (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research (27th, Pine Mountain, GA, August 2-5, 1998).