ERIC Number: ED103061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Blueprint for a Cluster College. Topical Paper No. 49.
Collins, Charles C.
Community college enrollments have greatly increased in recent years, yet organizational structures have remained the same. The incompatibility of present size with old organizational structures has made it difficult to maintain any semblance of an intimate learning community. The cluster college is proposed as a possible alternative that would allow the community college to grow in size without a reduction in its overall effectiveness. A hypothetical cluster college, Everyman Community College, is presented as a structural model. Students are members of a cluster and a center. Each center comprises approximately 400 students broadly grouped around a career category, such as medical services or education-related careers. Clusters of four or five centers are organized into broader categories such as life processes or human relations. Alternative possibilities for cluster themes are noted. A suggested staff breakdown for both center and cluster, and a projected nine year calendar of incremental growth are provided. Governance units and interaction patterns between units are described for the college, cluster, and center. Flow charts are utilized to illustrate the various governance patterns. (AH)
Descriptors: Career Education, Cluster Colleges, College Administration, Educational Innovation, Governance, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Occupational Clusters, Organizational Change, Power Structure, Staff Development, Staff Role, Student Participation, Teacher Participation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.