ERIC Number: ED305986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Macomb Plan: Expanding a Community's Access to Higher Education.
Lorenzo, Albert L.
The Macomb Plan, recently developed by Macomb Community College (MCC), is a delivery system for the final two years of a four-year college degree to be housed in a facility located on a two-year college campus. The plan is designed to meet the unique needs of an adult learner's lifestyle, while approximating most of the elements that make up the college experience. Under the Macomb Plan, the community college acts in partnership with four-year colleges and universities, which are under contract to provide bachelor's degree programming in accordance with community educational needs. A baccalaureate center, operated by the community college but with a distinct appearance and identity, provides many of the academic facilities and offices found at a senior institution (e.g., study areas, counseling offices, computer and science labs, and classrooms). Students can enroll at MCC and later apply for transfer, enter MCC as freshmen with dual admission to the four-year institition, or enroll directly into a senior institution as juniors or seniors if lower division credits have already been earned. Faculty are employees of the college offering the coursework; that is, MCC faculty teach MCC classes, while senior college faculty teach upper-division courses. The Macomb Plan is unique to the state and possibly the nation in that for the first time, the local citizens voted to create a bachelor's degree granting facility within their own community and authorized the funds to build and operate it through their local community college. Information on the growing numbers of adult learners, their educational needs, and the development of the Macomb Plan is provided. (AYC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Students, Bachelors Degrees, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Dual Enrollment, Educational Innovation, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Satellite Facilities, School Support, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.