PREPARATION FOR BUSINESS
IN JUNIOR COLLEGES
Leland L. Medsker
The large number of students enrolled in transfer, terminal, and adult business programs in junior colleges, together with the successful record of former junior college business students, indicate that these institutions will play an increasingly important part in this field in the future. A greater amount of articulation than now exists is needed between two- and four-year colleges in identifying the requisites of business transfer and terminal programs. In both types of programs cognizance must be taken of the individual's role in society and of the growing complexities of business which place a greater premium on social understanding than on skills.
Any consideration of undergraduate business education programs--and, indirectly, of graduate programs--would be grossly incomplete without a review of these programs in the junior or community college. The person interested in business education programs generally is, therefore, inevitably concerned about what the junior college is doing in this field, how what it is doing fits in with the programs of other collegiate institutions, what the problems encountered are, and what the potential role of the junior college in business education appears to be in the immediate years ahead.
Two very discernible and significant characteristics of post-high school education in the United States are: (1) the increasing number of high school graduates who are enrolling in junior colleges either to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree or to complete a training program leading directly to employment and (2) the tendency for older youths and adults to enroll in junior colleges in extended day and adult education programs. These characteristics have far-reaching implications