ERIC Number: ED257523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Organization and Governance of Community Colleges. Draft.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
This background paper examines the place of community colleges within the overall organization of postsecondary education and the means for governing these institutions in each of the western United States. First, introductory material defines institutional governance and the role it plays in defining the role and mission of community colleges. Next, the paper looks at the expanding role of the states in the governance of two-year colleges, highlighting new areas of state involvement, and the impact of increasing public interest in issues of educational quality and effectiveness on perceptions of conventional structures of accountability and institutional autonomy. After identifying the type of governance structure currently used in the western states, the paper provides additional information on the state-governed community college systems in Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, North Dakota, and Utah; the local-board governance structures used in Idaho and Wyoming; and the mixed or shared governance structures in place in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Arizona. Finally, a discussion is presented of the relationship among organization, governance, and mission. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.