ERIC Number: ED254266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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The Impact of Decentralized Planning for Curriculum Development at Two-Year Colleges.
Donsky, Aaron; And Others
In response to enrollment declines, Dutchess Community College (DCC) has developed and implemented a Concensus Planning process to facilitate the responsiveness of its academic curricula. The new planning process is decentralized and faculty oriented, which has led to a stress on curriculum development through substitution and modification. The major outcomes of the planning effort included a set of collegewide objectives organized by major functional areas and activities; a set of specific budget impacts; a comprehensive planning strategy consistent with the Title III federal grant framework; a linkage with reaccreditation efforts; and a working relationship with the college marketing committee. During 1983-84, the collegewide planning committee; task forces on environmental scanning, internal resources, and 1983-84 objectives; and an executive unit worked to develop the first draft of the 1984-85 Consensus Plan. After the plan was reviewed by the President and Deans, it was presented to an assembly of all faculty and administrators. During the first semester of operation under the Consensus Plan, more curriculum proposals were submitted than in the combined total of the previous 4 years. Through the new planning process, DCC has begun to address enrollment questions through comprehensive planning, diminishing concerns about retrenchment and program attrition. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Dutchess Community Coll., Poughkeepsie, NY.