ERIC Number: ED369447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Partnerships: Doors to the Future for Community Colleges.
Nielsen, Norman R.
Leadership Abstracts, v7 n5 May 1994
One response to the shrinking budgets and increased demand for services that have become a way of life in higher education is the creation of partnerships with public and private agencies to share resources and costs. There is virtually an unlimited number of possible partnership arrangements. Off-campus training and degree programs represent one type, such as the college degree study programs established at local businesses by Kirkwood Community College (KCC), in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Other partnerships may focus on economic development activities, such as an effort by St. Louis Community College, in Missouri, and McDonnell-Douglas to offer individualized skills testing and assessment to displaced workers in the aerospace industry. A third type of partnership involves sharing facilities with public agencies. For example, the KCC campus is home to the East Central Iowa Council of Government and the Heritage Center on Aging, while Central Alabama Community College will manage a conference center and historical village donated by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Another arrangement involves housing business facilities on the college campus as is done at the Maricopa Community Colleges, in Arizona, where college officials share offices with personnel from the Motorola Corporation. Finally, other partnerships involve community colleges working together in national networks to share information, professional development, and educational programming. Partnerships are most successful when the colleges have strong transfer, vocational, and community education programming, and when they have credibility within the community. (BCY)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.