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ERIC Number: ED210061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-1
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The God Factor of the Community College Ecological System: Future Studies.
Vaughan, Jerry L.
A rationale and plan are presented for implementing a futures approach in many areas of community college activities. After the introduction, the paper cites several characteristics of the community college and its mission which mandate planned experimentation and innovation. Next, the relationship of future studies to the educational system as a whole is examined by: (1) defining futures studies; (2) presenting reasons for studying the future; (3) looking at future studies activities by researchers, theoreticians, and business representatives; (4) comparing the purposes and uses of conventional science and futures research; (5) reviewing current futures studies activities at educational institutions; and (6) assessing the value of futures studies to the individual. The next section explores futures studies in the community college in terms of the rationale for future studies programs, the structural relationships of future studies to the community college constituency, student and academic program considerations, and degree plans with a future studies orientation. Course descriptions are provided for credit and non-credit futures courses, and instructional staff development is discussed. Additionally, this section covers non-instructional uses of futures studies in the areas of forecasting and developing institutional strategies to cope with change and of community college funding. Concluding remarks reveal the ultimate goal of future studies as the ability to control evolution itself, i.e., "The God Factor." (KL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A