ERIC Number: ED477829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Challenges for Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
This digest is drawn from the spring 2002 issue of New Directions for Community Colleges, titled "Next Steps for the Community College." It summarizes three overlapping challenges facing colleges in the coming decade: educating a more diverse student body, assessing student outcomes, and maintaining the educated workforce needed to meet the increasingly complex needs of the students and institutions. Community college programs and services will be called upon to adapt to a population increasingly composed of underprepared students. Remediation is central to the emerging assessment and accountability movement in higher education, and represents one of the more important educational, social, and economic issues in the United States today. Assessment of student outcomes in community colleges reflects the greater diversity of the student body and the broader educational mission of the two-year institutions. In particular, community college assessment measures focus around student learning outcomes in the major academic areas, including transfer programs and career and occupational programs. Finally, enhancing the organizational status, morale, and career mobility of professional staff and faculty will be increasingly necessary to ensure that institutions maintain the expertise they need to realize the community college mission. (Contains 10 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, P.O. Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524. Tel: 310-825-3931. For full text: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/eric.html.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.