ERIC Number: ED230259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Enhancing Economic Stability Utilizing the High Technologies in Community Colleges: A Case Study.
Mehnert, Barbara H.; Kurki, Allan W.
Strategies to enhance the economic stability of community colleges through high technology approaches are discussed in this paper. First, general economic problems facing higher education are identified, and the ways in which they influence community colleges are described. Next, 10 strategies to aid in the economic recovery of community colleges are presented, based on a literature review identifying factors which promoted recovery in the Great Depression era and which have helped public and private institutions near closing since the 1960s. The strategies outlined are: (1) balancing the budget through research, resource analysis, and cost effectiveness; (2) conducting a prolonged institutional self-study; (3) determining the college's mission; (4) improving spirit and morale; (5) lowering personnel costs; (6) changing public attitudes toward the institution; (7) offering a quality curriculum; (8) collaborating with other colleges and with business, industries, and agencies; (9) developing strong leadership; and (10) determining the appropriate number of students. Finally, a case study of Johnson County Community College's high technology approach to enhancing economic stability is presented, emphasizing staff development; high technology curriculum offerings which utilize foundation, core, and periphery courses; and curriculum delivery based on increased cooperation with business, labor, and government. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Johnson County Community College KS
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (63rd, New Orleans, LA, April 24-27, 1983).