ERIC Number: ED366364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges Look to Future: Center Symposium Debates Reform.
After 2 years of study, California's Commission on Innovation produced a series of recommendations to guide California's community colleges in educating a growing number of students with only modest increases in state support. Subsequently, the California Higher Education Policy Center sponsored a day-long symposium to discuss the report's main premises, including the following: (1) the unlikelihood that the state will be able to fund the colleges at their current per-unit cost in the face of an enrollment increase of 500,000 more students by the year 2005; (2) the need for colleges to do a better job of educating an increasingly diverse student population; and (3) the need for instructors and administrators to embrace technology to achieve greater effectiveness and to educate students for participation in an information-based economy. The 20 symposium attendees, including trustees, administrators, and others in higher education, generally agreed that the fiscal climate would not allow the colleges to recoup their budget shortfall of the past 3 years. Many supported the Commission's view that utilizing such technology as computers and television would enable the colleges to remain cost-efficient while preserving educational quality. Some participants voiced concern over whether the implementation of distance learning would equally serve students who need more extensive interaction with faculty and others who may thrive in a more independent learning environment. The commission's proposal that statewide work force transition centers be established to provide training and technical assistance to business and industry was received positively. Attendees concurred that the major recommendations would take years to put into place. (ECC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Long Range Planning, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
California Higher Education Policy Center, 160 W. Santa Clara St., #704, San Jose, CA 95113.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Higher Education Policy Center, San Jose.
Note: This summary is based upon "Choosing the Future," a report released in 1993 by the Commission on Innovation, which was appointed by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.