ERIC Number: ED440695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Community College Faculty View Intitutional Mission? An Analysis of National Survey Data.
Brewer, Dominic J.
Two-year colleges are complex institutions offering a multitude of courses, programs, and degrees. Existence of such diverse programs and various missions is the focus of extensive debate. Some argue that multiple offerings improve educational opportunities for students, while others suggest that multiple missions and activities lead to a lack of clear purpose and less-effective institutions. This study presents the results of a national survey of 1,725 community college faculty in 92 institutions. The respondents were asked about their views of institutional missions and future directions of their institutions. Responses suggest a number of problems as community colleges continue to expand programs, particularly community service and non-credit activities. Many faculty members are not supportive of continuing expansion of non-credit activities and basic and remedial education. The marginalization of these activities, with respect to traditional academic and vocational missions, may lead to increasing disputes over resource allocation. This survey lends support to the idea that faculty operate as independent islands, with relatively little intercommunication. Given changing student demographics, the demand for non-credit activities will likely grow, and colleges should figure out ways to integrate faculty into these efforts. Sections include: (1) Introduction and Motivation; (2) Faculty and the Evolving Mission of Community Colleges; (3) Date; (4) Analysis; and (5) Concluding Thoughts. (Contains 12 tables and 21 references.) (RDG)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.