Research in Higher Education

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 401–413 | Cite as

The community college and the disadvantaged

  • James L. Morrison


The objective of this study is to empirically explore the extent to which public two-year colleges in this country are characterized by open admissions policies and by comprehensive curricula, as well as the extent and nature of programs for the disadvantaged within these institutions. Utilizing a stratified sampling design developed by the research staff of the American Council on Education, a precoded original questionnaire was mailed in the spring of 1971 to the chief administrative officer for each institution in the sample. It was found that only a little over half of the colleges have the curricula offerings and admissions policies of exemplary community colleges, but that all reported special courses, programs, or services for the academically disadvantaged minority group. However, only 40% of our sample indicated that they have developed special programs (as opposed to courses or services). Too, community colleges with programs require (1) more resources in preparing faculty for dealing effectively with the disadvantaged, (2) additional emphasis on recruitment of the disadvantaged, and (3) more attention to developing courses in ethnic studies.


Minority Group Education Research Research Staff Community College Stratify Sampling 
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© APS Publications, Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • James L. Morrison
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel Hill

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