ERIC Number: ED046374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Design for Excellence: Washington State Community College System Master Plan. Volume I, Mission, History and Goals.
Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
This first of three related volumes outlines the development and current objectives of community-junior college education in the state of Washington. Beginning as small liberal arts colleges, the 2-year colleges were limited in growth until 1961, when the concept of "comprehensive curricula" was officially recognized through state legislation. In 1963, 2-year college funds and accounting were separated from the public school system and, by 1967, the state legislature created an independent system of community colleges. Today, responsibility for community college education in the 22 separate districts can be found at two different levels. Statewide concerns such as the establishment, location, finance, and central administrative practices of the junior colleges are handled by the state board. A local board of trustees is responsible for operating the colleges in its district, and has authority to determine curriculum, award degrees, and establish administrative rules and regulations. Organizational structures at both state and district levels recognize the need for flexibility in responding to local problems, and coordination is achieved through a system of advisory committees made up of district and state personnel. The general goals and specific operating objectives of the system emphasize open-door admissions, school and community cooperation, and the involvement of all concerned groups in formulating the policies that will affect them. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.