ERIC Number: ED305984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Mid-America Group: A Foundation for Renewal.
Lorenzo, Albert L.; Blanzy, James J.
Drawing from a review of the literature and on-site observations, this paper sets forth a comprehensive framework for organizational renewal within the community college. Part 1 focuses on the adaptation of organizational life cycle theory to community colleges. Building upon a broadened definition of human development and the related hierarchy of learning needs, it presents a conceptual framework for renewal that points toward conformed mission; holistic leadership; emphasis on organizational climate; staff development; resource reallocation; curriculum currency; collaboration; enhancing the college's reputation; needs-based marketing; student development; interactive communication; and evaluating value. Seven goals are proposed for an immediate agenda: (1) improving academic quality and overall mission effectiveness; (2) fostering an environment which supports innovation, risk taking, and superior service; (3) developing the institution's resource base; (4) pursuing partnerships which will expand or improve programs and services; (5) enhancing institutional reputation and credibility; (6) monitoring environmental conditions to assess emerging needs; and (7) evaluating current activities for appropriateness and level of performance. Part 2 presents a model for educational excellence. It cites criteria of excellence used in corporations and educational institutions, offering a model that links the two sets of criteria in three conceptual layers: organizational climate, including leadership, communication, motivation, and recognition; organizational performance, involving innovation, superior services, and social responsibility; and organizational purpose. A modification of this model to reflect the student viewpoint is presented next. In this model, campus climate, student performance, and student outcomes are defined as criteria for excellence. (AYC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.