ERIC Number: ED362222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
The Community College of the Future.
Terrey, John N.
An overview is provided of the challenges facing community colleges due to the shift from a global society shaped by political philosophies to a society shaped by economic powers. Introductory comments are followed by a description of recent changes in the world community, including the rise of Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Hong Kong as economic powers; the economic potential of newly industrialized nations like Mexico and Brazil; and the impact of the national debt on the United States economy. The next section discusses how the shift from objective/scientific to subjective/humanistic decision making affects three major job classifications as termed by Robert Reich: "routine producers," who must have a fundamental education, be reliable and loyal, and be able to follow directions; "in-person servers," who perform repetitive tasks in a person-to-person setting, and whose work is not directly influenced by the global economy; and "symbolic-analytic servers," who trade in the manipulation of symbols and who identify and solve problems. The next section suggests that a shift from "teaching," a teacher-centered process, to "learning," a student-centered process, is required of community colleges to educate students for full employment opportunities. The final section suggests that college presidents must lead by focusing only of the ends of education, leaving the managers to concentrate on the means. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Employment Patterns, Instructional Innovation, International Trade, Labor Economics, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Opportunities, Relevance (Education), School Restructuring, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech presented at a Seminar in Community College Education, (Port Townsend, WA, September 8-11, 1992).