ERIC Number: ED261720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges at the Crossroads: Challenges Facing the Western States. Background Papers for a Legislative Workshop.
Lenth, Charles S.
Background materials are presented on demographic trends, economic changes, financing patterns and governance decisions affecting community colleges in the western United States. Following an executive summary, chapter I provides an overview of the characteristics of public community colleges and the particular challenges they face. Chapter II presents information about demographic patterns within the service areas of community colleges, as well as information on enrollment patterns, student characteristics, and faculty characteristics. Chapter III explores the economic and technological environment of community colleges in the west, describing changing economic and labor market conditions. Chapter IV is devoted to the financial environment of community colleges, focusing on sources of support, tuition and fees, funding allocation systems, federal support, and financial outlook. In chapter V, the organization and governance of community colleges are examined. Finally, chapter VI offers conclusions regarding access, economic development, and responsiveness and accountability as key areas of challenge for the community college. (LAL)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Community Colleges, Economic Climate, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Governance, Population Trends, School Demography, Social Change, Student Characteristics, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P. O. Drawer P, Boulder, CO 80302 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY.; Amoco Foundation, Inc., Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.