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Literacy in the Open-Access College


reviewed by Robert R. Lawrence 1985

coverTitle: Literacy in the Open-Access College
Author(s): Richard C. Jr. Richardson, Elizabeth C. Fisk, Morris A. Okun
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0875895697, Pages: , Year:
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Literacy is a study of an anonymous sunbelt community college called Oakland, which has grown in twenty years from one college (tuition free) to a multicampus collection of colleges of some 80,000 mostly part- time students who in more recent years pay a minimum tuition. Oakland has a large number of part-time faculty and a large number of administrators. Evening students are taught by part- time faculty or full-time faculty teaching overload classes for extra pay. “Oakland” seems to be a composite of several community colleges. A simple summary of the findings of the authors of Literacy might read: 1. The state does not fund Oakland students in basic (no degree credit) courses. 2. Oakland faculty are allowed overload classes; teaching so many classes precludes their attempting to teach literacy. 3. Students may have functional literacy, but they never gain academic literacy. 4. Students tend to be part-time, and not to follow course sequences. 5. Students... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 4, 1985, p. 659-663
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 955, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:54:39 AM

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    Jefferson Community College, Louisville, Kentucky

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