ERIC Number: ED439763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Enrollment Policies and Student Access at Community Colleges. Policy Paper.
Phelan, Daniel J.
This paper, which focuses on access and enrollment at community colleges, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. While some students plan on earning a terminal associate degree and others plan to transfer to a four-year institution, there are other students for whom the community college represents their last best hope for postsecondary education. Community colleges offer these students an opportunity to start over and improve their employability by learning specific skills. Ideally, community colleges serve as a vehicle leading to self-sufficiency for those on welfare or otherwise in need of support. The "open door" policy of community colleges is threatened due to declining investments and concurrent rising enrollment. Some of the policy recommendations explored in this paper address enrollment, student outcomes, funding policies, remedial education, and restricting enrollment in favor of those students who do not already possess a degree. Information about contacting specific community colleges cited as examples in this document are included along with references. (Contains 10 references.) (AF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Enrollment, Policy Formation, Remedial Instruction, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Amoco Foundation, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 287-296.