ERIC Number: ED290506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Economic Development and the American Community College.
Richter, Winston Boos, Jr.; Wahl, John C., Ed.
This two-part report describes a study conducted to investigate the relationship between the community college and its economic environment. Section I provides an introduction to the debate on community college mission, outlines the theoretical framework of the study, reviews the characteristics of the community colleges' economic environment, and describes four types of economic development activities currently being undertaken by community colleges: conventional occupational programs; linkages with such community organizations as firms, unions, professional organizations, and noncollegiate training programs; state-sponsored economic development programs; and international trade education. This section also describes the purposes and methods of a pilot research project conducted to determine a single institution's mission through a formal investigation of its environment. The pilot study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (Florida) using a survey instrument mailed to members of the business community who were selected on the basis of their broad knowledge of economic conditions, their prior association with the college, and their standing within the community. This "expert jury" was asked to rank the importance of 31 college functions and to indicate whether those functions should be supported with tax funds. Section II presents the findings of the research project. An extensive bibliography and the survey instrument are included. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Employer Attitudes, Institutional Mission, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Business Relationship, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.