ERIC Number: ED104459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-10
Reference Count: 0
What are Community College Presidents Thinking About?
Harris, Norman C.
University Innovator, v6 n9 p 1,4-6 Mar 1975
This article reports on five of the most important issues confronting community college presidents in the 1970's. (1) Finance and Control: the centralization caused by state and federal financing and control conflicts with the colleges' current commitment to serving local needs; furthermore, decreasing public enthusiasm for higher education as a priority has led to a financial crisis. (2) Faculty Unionism: although collective bargaining has sometimes led to increased local funding, it has also caused the disappearance of collegiality, the inability to foster an open administration, the stifling of innovation, and a decreased sensitivity to the needs of students and the community. (3) Trends in Administration Management: the community college president's role has shifted from that of an educational planner and leader to that of a manager and mediator. (4) Missions, Goals, and Functions: community colleges have recently adopted many noneducational roles under the aegis of community services; presidents and boards are questioning the propriety, and even the legality, of diverting educational tax dollars to other social purposes, no matter how laudable those purposes may be. (5) Career Education: students continue to choose transfer programs even though they will find no jobs; community colleges must encourage a new image for occupational programs. (DC)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Role, Career Education, Collective Bargaining, College Presidents, College Role, Community Services, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Federal Government, Financial Problems, Management Systems, Presidents, Public Opinion, State Government, Transfer Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. School of Education.