ERIC Number: ED110125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The States, Communities, and Control of the Community College: Issues and Recommendations.
Bender, Louis W.
The steady drift toward state control of community college education is a growing issue of concern. This movement has not come from significant changes in the authority or responsibilities of the state community college boards or agencies so much as from a variety of other national and state precursors. This document attempts to establish the context of this phenomenon and then suggest recommendations for action which would address several of the emerging issues involved. These include: (1) defining and communicating the mission of community college education; (2) determining the locus of policy-making; (3) untangling overlapping jurisdictions; (4) preventing "internecine warfare" among post-secondary institutions in a free-market atmosphere; and (5) encouraging local initiative in the political process. Discussed in some depth are the precursors of state control and the mission of the "college of the community". The major recommendations call for realistic assessment of power bases within and outside of the college, formation of a state community college agency with an advocacy role defending community-based institutions, and substantive local participation in policy-making. (MJK)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Control, Federal State Relationship, Governance, Governing Boards, Government Role, Political Power, State Agencies, State Boards of Education, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
AACJC Publications, Box 298, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Shell Companies Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.