ERIC Number: ED351046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Critical Issues Facing America's Community Colleges.
Lorenzo, Albert L.; Banach, William J.
Drawing on demographic data, a variety of sources and abstracted documentation, as well as the work of national scanning panels, this report briefly reviews the following 12 issues facing community colleges: (1) the conflict between the broad requirements of state and federal educational legislation, and the increasingly unique demands placed on individual institutions to address local needs; (2) the decreasing availability of resources to meet people's needs; (3) the growing difficulty in identifying and defining the purpose of community colleges; (4) the increasing demand on institutions to assess their educational outcomes; (5) the casual attitude many students take towards education; (6) the problem of an aging faculty, nearing retirement, with little incentive to become actively involved in change efforts; (7) the need to teach students about the history, culture, politics, and economies of other countries; (8) the problems of finding qualified faculty to fill new vacancies, while providing incentives for older faculty to retire once they can no longer make quality contributions; (9) the ambivalence of many instructors to utilize new educational technologies; (10) the lack of research activity among the majority of community college educators; (11) the absence of a dominant workplace strategy (e.g., agricultural, industrial) which could lead to a dominant educational strategy; and (12) the need to develop consistently applied moral/ethical principles to reinforce a system of lasting beliefs/values. (PAA)
Descriptors: Accountability, Aging in Academia, College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Financial Problems, Futures (of Society), Multicultural Education, Retrenchment, Role of Education, School Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb Community Coll., Warren, MI. Inst. for Future Studies.