ERIC Number: ED327248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Top Ten Issues Facing America's Community Colleges. 1991 Edition.
Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Inst. for Future Studies.
Designed to identify and describe the key challenges facing community colleges as a result of major changes in the social, economic, and demographic make-up of students and service areas, this paper combines information gathered from two national environmental scanning groups, a review of the literature, and input from educational professionals. The 10 community college issues discussed are as follows: (1) increasingly diverse service areas and student populations; (2) growing numbers of academically underprepared students; (3) an unclear workforce agenda for the information age; (4) the need to ensure and provide evidence of institutional effectiveness; (5) the need to improve college governance by developing boards of trustees that have vision and purpose; and are goal-driven, unified, supported by inspired leadership, and politically astute; (6) the need to promote organizational wellness through environmental scanning, broadened redefinition of college purpose, emphasis on quality, and concern for employee and public opinions; (7) an impending faculty shortage and the aging of the existing faculty; (8) the need for a resurgence of campus collegiality; (9) the impact of external forces, including business people, lay citizens, and legislators, on college governance and decision making; and (10) the role of ethics in institutional management and curriculum. Each topic section concludes with a series of specific questions to initiate further discussion. (GFW)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, College Curriculum, College Governing Councils, College Outcomes Assessment, College Role, Community Change, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Ethics, Futures (of Society), Institutional Mission, Labor Demands, Long Range Planning, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Inst. for Future Studies.