ERIC Number: ED310802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-5
Redefining the Community College for the Year 2000.
Taylor, Lyndon E.
This paper traces an administrator's view of the changes necessary to make the community college a viable force in postsecondary education. First, problems and challenges facing the United States in general are reviewed, including rising illiteracy and dropout rates among the nation's high school students, increasing violence and crime in the society at large, the high rate of unemployment connected to the information age, and the shift from a state or national economy to a global one. Next, areas of unresponsiveness and rigidity in the nation's two-year educational system are examined, with respect to an adherence to the traditional summer vacation schedule, a tendency to keep the status quo in teaching methods, a lack of responsiveness to individual students' needs, and a tendency to lose sight of the value of quality control. In the context of these problems, 10 key areas in which community college educators should work for change are presented. Among the areas included are the need for an exploration of alternative sources of income for research and development, a reexamination of instructional and scheduling methods, the utilization of existing technology to better inform and serve students in the areas of registration and data dissemination, and the creation of an atmosphere on campus that welcomes change and creativity. Finally, a brief discussion is provided of the development of an education center in the North Orange County Community College District. The center will consist of both entrepreneurial activities to provide funding for research and development, and an adult educational facility, utilizing a general education core curriculum as well as alternative instructional delivery strategies. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the faculty of Skyline College as part of opening day activities (San Bruno, CA, September 5, 1989).