ERIC Number: ED233759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-7
Reference Count: 0
On Leadership and the Future of Community Colleges.
Cross, K. Patricia
As the theme of survival has pervaded the community college field, educational leadership has been overshadowed by emphasis on the techniques of strategic planning and management, which tend to focus on response capacity and capitalization on opportunity, rather than on educational goals and commitment. Education today, and in the society of the future, needs leaders with qualities of both the visionary and the realist, who can help swing the pendulum back from micro-education, with its emphasis on institutional survival, to macro-education, with its emphasis on the common concerns of educators. Such leaders will be able to make the changes demanded of higher education by forces such as: (1) the information revolution, which has made knowledge, and therefore education, more sought after and more important than ever before; (2) the growing recognition that education is lifelong and that a blended lifeplan of concurrent education, work, and leisure is replacing the former linear lifeplan; (3) the need for education to focus on teaching the skills that will serve as the foundation of a lifetime of learning, including the ability to analyze, synthesize, and apply knowledge; and (4) the pervasion of education into all of the organizations of society, offering learners an unprecedented choice in what, where, when, and how they learn and the resulting need for cooperative programs rather than competition. Educational leaders must attend to these circumstances and their influence on the changing role of education in society. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of California Community College Administrators (San Diego, CA, March 6-8, 1983).