ERIC Number: ED308919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Responsiveness and Renewal in Canada's Community Colleges: A Study of Change in Organizations.
Levin, John S.; Dennison, John D.
In 1988, a study was conducted to determine whether and to what extent the principles of opportunity, accessibility, adaptability, and comprehensiveness upon which Canada's community colleges were established have survived into the 1980's. The theoretical model underpinning the study was based on a three-dimensional matrix in which theories of adaptation and power formed two dimensions, and several developmental models specific to the community college as an organization comprised the third. The methodology involved an intensive study of 14 community colleges with respect to their educational programs, students, teaching and support staff, administration, curricula and instruction, delivery of instruction, accessibility, governance, advisory bodies, relations with government, personnel relations, finances, and relations with the community. The results of surveys of key constituent groups at these colleges, including presidents, board members, administrators, faculty, support staff, and students, revealed that much of the idealism and innovation which guided the colleges in the 1960's is still to be found in the 1980's. However, due to an increase in government regulation and a reduction in financial support, Canadian colleges had to invent new ways of dealing with external forces during the last decade. In the process, they became more entrepreneurial, less community-oriented, and more tightly managed. (Author/ALB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Entrepreneurship, Minority Groups, Organizational Change, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada