ERIC Number: ED046375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Design for Excellence: Washington State Community College System Master Plan. Volume II, System Status and Progress.
Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
This second of three related volumes outlines the present status and advancements of the Washington state community college system. Currently, the number of people served by this sytem exceeds the combined total of all other public higher education institutions in the state; enrollment has doubled in the last four years, and tripled in the past seven. Most of those attending are transfer-oriented; three out of ten enroll in occupational programs. Examples of the progress toward major system goals (outlined in volume 1) follow. Nearly 90 per cent of the state's population is now within one-half hour's commuting time of a community college program. To make the opportunities offered by the colleges known to the community, innovations such as mobile counseling centers have been initiated. The year 1969 saw responsibility for adult education transferred from local school districts to the 2-year college districts. Institutional research and instructional improvement are receiving more attention in the budget, while closer relationships with the community have resulted from increased use of local expertise in the development, design, and conduct of present and future programs. Along with increasing emphasis on individually-paced instruction and continuous enrollment, a systems approach to instruction has been adopted. This approach has also been applied to the district management level through use of a planning, programming, and budgeting system. (JO)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.