ERIC Number: ED289544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-13
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Program Planning for the Nineties.
Smith, Wendell L.
Trends that are already visible on the educational horizon point to additional changes in the role that community colleges can play in the future. First, major shifts in higher education enrollments suggest that participation in informal learning experiences, minority student enrollments, and adult part-time enrollments will increase. Second, the number of providers of lifelong learning programs, such as employers, labor unions, professional associations, and community organizations, is increasing, leaving higher education to provide a little over one-third of the organized learning opportunities available for adults. Third, the jobs, economy, and lifestyles of the future will be based on the creation and distribution of information. Fourth, keeping up with the growth of new knowledge will require people to be broadly educated with the skills to analyze, synthesize, and apply that knowledge. Fifth, systems whereby credit is awarded for learning experiences are becoming increasingly unclear. Sixth, the proportion of part-time faculty has risen along with the proportion of part-time students. Seventh, public governance is increasing while public support is declining. Finally, new technologies will afford more alternatives in educational delivery. In sum, these trends mean that an array of exciting challenges and opportunities awaits the field of continuing adult education. To meet these challenges, community colleges must not lose sight of the need to remain flexible and innovative, and to take risks. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Missouri Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Division of Continuing Education and Community Services (Osage Beach, MO, November 13-14, 1986).