ERIC Number: ED432343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul-27
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Critical Issues--and Therefore Opportunities--for Community Colleges. Presentation to Congressman Major R. Owens, Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek, and to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Challenge (Washington, DC, July 27, 1999).
Mellander, Gustavo A.; Mellander, Nelly
This document discusses the following critical issues in community college education: (1) computers and technology, (2) faculty retirements and the boomlets, (3) adjunct teachers, and (4) societal problems, including people being left behind. A digital divide has arisen in America and a national agenda is needed that will fully train all adults in 5 years so that they can be comfortable with technology and continue to grow on their own with the Internet. There will be an increase in our higher education population (boomlets) over the next ten years at the very time that a vast number of teachers will be retiring. Therefore, we must seek to encourage and train the next generation of community college teachers and administrators quickly. The overuse of adjunct faculty debilitates colleges and shortchange students in their education, and asserts that the government must address this practice before the coming tidal wave of students and retiring faculty. Financial and educational deprivation is an equal opportunity oppressor, and community colleges can play a major role in the process of educating the poor in a less expensive mode. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. National Center for Community Coll. Education.