ERIC Number: ED243523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Shaping Change: New Goals and New Roles.
The forces influencing or reflecting change in California's community colleges are discussed in this paper in the context of the crisis of identity facing these institutions. First, factors contributing to the rapid expansion of community college education in California are outlined, and the consequences of that growth are examined. Next, the importance of research in shaping change is underscored with the argument that the well-being of a college depends on the ability of its members to provide accurate and relevant information as the basis for action and the framework for the development of informed public opinion. Next, the changes likely to affect community colleges in coming years, especially cutbacks in funding, are discussed, and the need to redirect resources toward higher quality education is stressed. The following section addresses changes in the college community, with special focus on students and faculty, the role of counselors and student services, college programs, associate degrees, and transfer rates. Next, the need for new services to support quality in educational programs is stressed, highlighting the role of libraries and computer services. Finally, the potential of partnerships between the community colleges and private businesses and industry is discussed as a way of dealing with funding problems. (HB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Libraries, College Planning, College Programs, College Role, Community Colleges, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Financial Problems, School Business Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Association of Community Colleges Commission on Research (Asilomar, CA, April 11-13, 1984).