ERIC Number: ED362247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing the Future: An Action Agenda for Community Colleges.
Berman, Paul; Weiler, Daniel
The Commission on Innovation (CI) was an independent citizens' panel formed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) to investigate the improvement of college services without relying on increased funding. This report presents 13 specific strategies and 73 action steps developed by the CI, organized into three broad areas of improvement. First, the enhancement of learning opportunities is discussed, proposing the creation of a permanent, system-level fund from existing monies to stimulate research in new instructional approaches; the introduction of an articulated system of degrees; a pilot system for assessing student competence; and a review of adult basic education and English-as-a-Second-Language programs to improve quality. The next section proposes expanding the economic development role of the CCC, suggesting the inclusion of state and local economic development in the CCC mission; developing a state investment strategy for expanding college services to businesses; eliminating barriers to the delivery of training to businesses; and supporting the development of Workforce Transition Centers to provide education, training and employment services. Next, methods of modernizing operations are described, including the implementation of collaborative planning and management processes at CCC institutions; developing a technological infrastructure at and between colleges; enhancing local autonomy in college governance; and implementing cost-effective faculty policies. The final section summarizes potential savings and student increases that could result from CI recommendations. Appendixes include a glossary; an extensive list of community college task force members and others who assisted in producing this agenda; and an annotated bibliography listing 10 other Commission documents. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Decision Making, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Financial Exigency, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Modernization, Planning Commissions, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
California Community Colleges Foundation, 717 K Street, Suite 320, Sacramento, CA 95814 ($10 plus tax).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.; BW Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: California Community Colleges