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ERIC Number: ED336148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 15
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A Capitol Idea! Effective Community College Relations with State Government: A Review of the Literature.
Wright, Sharon
Designed to guide community college administrators in developing an effective state government relations program, this paper reviews recent literature, documents, and journal articles that: (1) present calls for action and provide a rationale for developing a legislative relations program; (2) provide guidelines and checklists outlining the steps and/or stages necessary to develop an effective approach to legislative relations; and (3) offer blueprints or models of specific government relations programs for other community colleges to implement or adapt to their needs. Calls for action underscore the small number of players that shape community college policy on a state level, the involvement of agency heads and members of the governor's staff in policy formation, and the failure of community college representatives to see themselves as advocates. Among the first steps advocated for legislative relations programs are the development of a series of information profiles spelling out the school's training partnerships with employers, the course of federal dollars through the campus and to students, alumni placement, and lawmakers and their staff. Another strategy is using community college trustees as advocates. Two of the best sources of advice on developing a legislative relations program are a study identifying strategies for legislative advocacy at Dallas County Community College (DCCC) in Texas and a case study of the legislative relations program at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) in Florida. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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