ERIC Number: ED257488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
The "Well-Futured" College: Reaching for Tommorrow--Today. Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges Occasional Paper, Volume 3, Number 2.
McMullen, Harold G.
Much of the current crisis in education has its roots in an inability of colleges to get beyond a "now-oriented" approach to problems within the educational system. It is time for the educational focus to be directed toward anticipating alternative futures since the application of selected perspectives and procedures drawn from the field of futurism offers a powerful means of renewal for the educational enterprise. The future-oriented college begins in an initial (futuring) stage and may work through intermediate (futured) and advanced (well-futured) periods of institutional renewal. The "well-futured" college is an institution that has attained full commitment and maturity in making effective application of futuristic procedures as a means of institutional renewal through development of the curricular and resource program; lifelong human resource development for students and staff; and the use of the college's organizational development system including institutional research, planning, and market functions. The community colleges offer the most promising potential for advanced futures practices if they can seize the initiatives available and be prepared to transform themselves into Creative Community Futures centers operating as lifelong learning centers in a 21st Century environment. (HB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Association of Community and Junior Colleges.