ERIC Number: ED257521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The Economic and Technological Environment of Community Colleges in the West. Draft.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Designed to provide a background for the complex relationships between postsecondary education and its economic and technological context, this paper looks at economic conditions in the western United States, projections for economic and technological changes, and implications for community colleges. Following introductory material describing the ways in which postsecondary institutions respond to and contribute to economic development and change, the economic environment of the western United States is explored. Information is presented on personal income growth, employment patterns (1970-1984), unemployment rates, structures of the economies of the western states, and the occupational profile projected for the United States in 1990 as contrasted with that of 1980. In the next section, trends in employment in major industrial categories are examined, along with projections for employment changes in specific occupational categories, a discussion of technological developments and their effects on industry, and an analysis of the characteristics of high technology industries. Finally, a discussion is provided of the role of community colleges in the maintenance and expansion of local economies. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.