ERIC Number: ED366363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Community Colleges and the New Paradigm. Celebrations: An Occasional Publication.
Boggs, George R.
A paradigm is a way of understanding that includes rules and regulations that: (1) establish boundaries; (2) provide fixed rules for success within the boundaries; and (3) act as filters for data. While a paradigm may help people to operate in terms of things as they are, it also may blind them to alternative ways of looking at the world around them. The current paradigm for community colleges views them as teaching institutions, as opposed to research institutions, and the most important people in the institution are the providers of instruction. However, mounting evidence indicates the existence of anomalies that this paradigm does not explain, such as the lack of success of minority students, or the perceptions of the business community that students are not being adequately prepared. A new paradigm must propose that the colleges are learning, not teaching, institutions and that the most important people in the institution are the learners. Under the new paradigm, teachers become designers, managers, promoters, and facilitators of student learning. To institute the new paradigm, colleges must address areas of resistance, focus on learning outcomes, and revise mission statements to clearly state that student learning is the main goal. Learning outcomes will drive curricular reform under the new paradigm. Institutional resources will include student, faculty, and staff composition, while processes will center around curriculum, learning technology, and leadership. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. National Inst. for Staff and Organizational Development.