ERIC Number: ED381190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Where Are We Going? Planning Assumptions for Community Colleges.
Maas, Rao, Taylor and Associates, Riverside, CA.
Designed to provide community college planners with a series of reference assumptions to consider in the planning process, this document sets forth assumptions related to finance (i.e., operational funds, capital funds, alternate funding sources, and campus financial operations); California state priorities; occupational trends; population (i.e., growth, ethnic composition, and age composition); technology; and 26 characteristics of the community college of the future. The assumptions are based on independent research, interaction with various public and private agencies, and the experience of research and consulting firms. Among the assumptions presented are the following: (1) district operational funds will increase no more than 2% to 3% per year for the next decade; (2) requests for state funding of capital projects are greater than state money to fund them; (3) revenue sources must be pursued from energy programs, real estate management, fee-based programs, private grants, public-private partnerships, public-public partnerships, and foundation activities; (4) employment in the greater Los Angeles Area continues to be dominated by service-related businesses (24.8%) and manufacturing (24%); (5) the impact of technology will totally change the variety and extent of learning opportunities available; (6) community colleges will have the capability to deliver 24-hour instruction with a variety of technological devices; (7) colleges will be networked electronically across district boundaries; (8) colleges will cater to part-time students; (9) the community college will be the primary center for retraining the work force; (10) individualized instruction will be a major emphasis of instructional delivery; and (11) the role of faculty will change from dispenser of information to manager of the instructional process. A list of major issues in education and master planning questions is included. (KP)
Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Economic Factors, Educational Finance, Employment Patterns, Environmental Scanning, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Long Range Planning, Occupational Information, Population Trends, Prediction, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maas, Rao, Taylor and Associates, Riverside, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California