The community college and the disadvantaged
- 39 Downloads
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.
KeywordsMinority Group Education Research Research Staff Community College Stratify Sampling
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Blocker, C. E., Plummer, R. H., and Richardson, R. C. (1968). “The Two-Year College: A Social Synthesis.” Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice.Google Scholar
- Carnegie Commission on Higher Education (1970). “The Open-Door Colleges.” New York: McGraw.Google Scholar
- Cohen, A., and Associates (1971). “A Constant Variable: New Perspectives on the Community College.” San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
- Gleazer, E. E., Jr. (1973). “Project Focus: A Forecast of Community Colleges.” New York: McGraw.Google Scholar
- Morrison, J. L., and Ferrante, R. (1973). “Compensatory Education in the Two-Year College.” University Park, Pa.: Center for the Study of Higher Education.Google Scholar
- Medsker, L. L. (1960). “The Junior College: Progress and Prospect.” New York: McGraw.Google Scholar
- Medsker, L. L., and Tillery, D. (1971). “Breaking the Access Barriers: A Profile of Two-Year Colleges.” New York: McGraw.Google Scholar
- Merton, R. K. (1957). “Social Theory and Social Structure.” New York: Free Press.Google Scholar
- National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (1969). “Progress Report.” Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.Google Scholar