ERIC Number: ED203950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-13
The Futurist Perspective: Implications for Community College Planning.
Nicholson, R. Stephen; Keyser, John S.
Community college managers would probably acknowledge the importance of planning, but might not accept the need to adopt a futuristic perspective on educational planning. One of the characteristics of futurists is a belief that the future is a created reality, not a consequence of random events. Futurists conceive possible paths, examine particular paths in detail, and work to implement preferred paths. They believe local action should be coupled with global perspectives to create community synergy. From this philosophy of futurism, an agenda for community college planning emerges--to effect positive change by thinking globally and acting locally. In the midst of the greatest changes in history, community college planners should be sensitive to "paradigm shifts" in education, politics, and economics and their implications for planning. These implications include: (1) the emergence of a more universal concept of management; (2) the necessity of interorganizational networking; (3) the changes that computer technology will bring to the modern office, to decision-making, and to communication; (4) the state-of-the-art of software development; (5) the importance of nurturing both the analytical and creative hemispheres of the brain in the educational environments; (6) a new definition of work; (7) the use of three-dimensional, free-floating organizational structures; (8) the utilization of the concept of social invention; and (9) the responsibility of educators to advocate global perspectives. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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