ERIC Number: EJ895374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: N/A
A College Education? Or Diminished Expectations?
Beaky, Lenore A.
Academe, v96 n3 p19-21 May-Jun 2010
City University of New York's (CUNY) new community college, planned almost entirely by administrators and slated to open in 2012, seems designed to shunt its student body into narrow, mostly terminal career-technical programs with the promise of an associate's degree at the end. But to what purpose? To "reimagine community college education from the ground up." The stated motivation for this reimagining was not to relieve the burdens of overenrollment and insufficient funding at CUNY's six existing community colleges but instead to improve CUNY's associate's-degree graduation rates and to reduce the time students spend acquiring their degrees. CUNY's chancellor also wanted to overcome policy obstacles "that prevent community college educators from doing their best work." One key feature of the new CUNY community college is the limited number of majors that will be offered to students: there will be terminal degrees in nursing, surgical technology, medical informatics, energy services management, supply chain management, and information technology, and there will be transfer programs in business administration, teacher education, human services, urban studies, environmental sciences, and liberal arts. The required first-year core curriculum, "an integrated academic and occupational curriculum," will include a city seminar and professional studies. Students will be graded not just by their teachers but by teams that will include faculty members who did not actually teach the students being evaluated. The curriculum will be proposed, developed, and approved by teams composed of faculty, staff, and business representatives.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, Change Strategies, Educational Change, College Programs, Educational Planning, Planning Commissions, Program Proposals, Curriculum Development, Intellectual Disciplines, College Administration, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: New York