ERIC Number: ED198892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan-27
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations on Future of the Community College System and Area Vocational-Technical Institutes. A Policy Paper.
Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board, St. Paul.
The final recommendations are presented for the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board's study to assess the future viability of Minnesota's community colleges and vocational-technical institutes (V-TEC). After introductory material noting that the study was initiated in anticipation of enrollment declines and fiscal hardships, the report outlines six conditions and planning assumptions established by the study: the missions of the two systems overlap; many communities are served by both a community college and a V-TEC institute; declining enrollments will increase competition for students and resources; resources from both systems should be combined where necessary; maintaining small institutions will become financially difficult; and the separate systems governing the community colleges and the V-TEC institutions will become increasingly inappropriate. Three alternatives for combatting anticipated problems are then discussed: providing all institutions with sufficient appropriations to retain a minimal core of services, regardless of enrollment; closing low-enrollment institutions; or restructuring the state's postsecondary educational system. Final recommendations are then presented, calling for: the creation of a combined governing board for both systems; the establishment of regional administrative units; the preservation of the mission of General College; and the structuring of the vocational education role of the state's university system. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota