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ERIC Number: ED034532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-28
Pages: 7
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A Different Perception of the Community in Community College.
Collins, Charles C.
The author speculates on the results of a change in perceptions of "community," currently seen as the territory of the taxpayer, with his right to set rules through his representative, the board of trustees. The board members, usually conservative businessmen, do not truly represent the community, but they hire the administrators and, through them, all the staff. The staff, however, only seems beholden to the board and soon forms its own constituency. When staff and board disagree, or when he is caught between the board and students and area residents, the president becomes more mediator than leader. A new view of community is not as a taxpayer bloc, but as many elements that contribute to the life of the college, including administrative leadership, staff dedication, faculty creativity, students, and their families. A model board to represent all these elements might have seven seats--three for taxpayers (maybe for women, minorities, and employees of commerce) and four for the president, a faculty member, a sophomore, and a graduate or adult evening student. Power would rest with those contributing most in knowledge and involvement. Changes under such representation would include: recognition of political reality, not the myth of public-spirited service; more interest in education, less in finances; easier resistance to political pressure; removal of some causes of student unrest; no more blaming "the board" for any group's own inadequacies; a colleague relationship instead of paternalism. (HH)
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