ERIC Number: ED380151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Critical Trends and Events Affecting the Future of Community Colleges: Proceedings of a Beyond 2000 Preconference Workshop (Orlando, Florida, February 26-28, 1995).
Morrison, James L.
The Beyond 2000 workshop held in February 1995 was designed to give participants experience in using strategic management techniques, such as critical trend and potential event identification, to examine the future of community colleges. This paper is intended as a guide for implementing similar workshops and summarizes the outcomes of workshop exercises. Following a brief introduction, 16 critical trends identified in the workshop are listed and discussions are provided for the two trends selected for analysis by workshop participants. They are: (1) the increasing use of educational technology; and (2) the demands of the changing job market. Implications are then presented concerning the increasing use of technology, including less money available for other renovations; additional funding needed to purchase up-to-date technology; and the need to train faculty, students, and staff. Related recommendations include assessing the effectiveness of the technology, conducting needs assessments, and increasing partnerships to share costs. Following recommendations related to the changing job market, 20 critical events affecting community colleges identified at the workshop are listed. Discussions of the following 4 events are then presented: universal access to the Internet; elimination of financial aid for students; alternative education providers; and elimination of the Department of Education. The report closes with a description of two Internet resources: the Horizon List and Horizon Home Page, a futures planning database of abstracts describing signals of change affecting education. (KP)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses
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