Table of Contents

Laurent R. Broussal




INTERVIEW April 19, 1995

[Tape 1, Side A]

Lifelong resident of San Francisco – California adult education began in San Francisco – Migrations into San Francisco – Early career and transition to adult education – Work at Galileo Adult School – 1960's enrollment – District leaders in adult education – Main issues of the 1960's –Adult education transition from the unified to the college district – Role of funding in transition – Logistics of transition – John O'Connell remains with unified district – Community College Centers co–equal with City College – Structure vs. flexibility – Agony throughout state over split in adult education governance – Role of State Chancellor's Office – Continuing role of California Department of Education in community college adult education programs.

[Tape 1, Side B]

Reasons adult education should be in community colleges – The 1970's: Advancement through administrative ranks – Mini–courses – Staffing, including civil service – Counseling – Funding – "Underwater Basket Weaving" –Competency – based education – Federal funds – Growth caps and state funding – Regional Adult and Vocational Educational Council – Role of legislators – High school diploma – Proposition 13 – President of Centers Division – Legislation after Proposition 13 – Credit or noncredit: the alley cats of education – Teachers' union – Affirmative action.

[Tape 2, Side A]

Professional organizations – Meeting community needs – Vocational programs – Public policy initiatives – Status of minorities and women in adult education – Part – time instructors – Dropping community college credentials – Centers Division dissolved and subsequent losses – Behr Commission – Driving forces in California adult education – Strength of instructional staff – Most rewarding aspects of work in adult education.