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ERIC Number: ED438854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 37
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Community Colleges: Public Failure and Private Success.
Pecorino, Phillip; Dozier, Sandra Bygrave
Community colleges are often seen as failing institutions due to their low graduation rates. However, a more appropriate assessment instrument may show that these colleges are more successful at fulfilling their missions than the public believes. Because students' motives for attending community colleges are many and varied, a more flexible measure of the success rate of a community college should be used to determine whether those who attend such colleges achieve their goals. This article sets forth the Individual Academic Plan (IAP), an assessment program that could help community colleges support their claims of success by providing an accurate and quantitative assessment of their success. The information that is gathered on each student through utilization of the IAP becomes part of the database for institutional assessment, and would form the basis for evaluation of institutional success. It would also be used for the assessment of the particular needs and interests of each student, so that the institutional resources could be offered as soon as possible in order to assist each student to achieve his or her goals. This article also discusses problems in implementing the IAP. (VWC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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