ASSESSING THE LAST TEN YEARS FROM A JUNIOR COLLEGE PERSPECTIVE

Jeffert Birdsong

Abstract


Throughout most of the last ten years, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M has tried to transform itself from a rural junior college to a community college. This transition has led to a greater emphasis on distance learning, computer technology, and adjunct faculty, but also a de-emphasis on residence halls, academic programs with limited majors, and student services. While these changes may work well for community colleges in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the results have not been very productive for us. Our experience lets us know the old adage "Know thyself” is important to remember not only for individuals but also for institutions.


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