ERIC Number: ED381191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-13
The Community College of the Future.
Taylor, Lyndon E.; Maas, Michael L.
In the future, community colleges will need to possess certain functional and structural characteristics to be relevant to the rapidly changing educational requirements of students of the 21st century and to the social, economic, and occupational needs of the communities they serve. The community college of the future will: (1) deliver instruction at any time of night or day; (2) provide alternative ways of learning according students' individual learning styles and time schedules; (3) be networked electronically across district boundaries; (4) be primary centers for workforce retraining; (5) enter widespread contract education and cooperative agreements with business and industry; (6) cater to the needs of the part-time student; (7) offer self-paced technology-based instruction; (8) associate with other educational institutions at all levels of instruction to form learning complexes; (9) provide counseling that assumes a greater diagnostic and prescriptive function; (10) assume a greater leadership role within the community; (11) become more entrepreneurial and look to alternative sources of income; (12) allow faculty greater participation in policy making; (13) operate on a year-round, 24-hour schedule; and (14) contract out for many services presently provided by staff. The learning environment of the future will feature student success centers as an alternative to classroom-based learning, affording students enhanced opportunities for self-paced, individualized learning that can be accessed from on- or off-campus. A major feature of the future will be the development of the "Electronic College," that is electronic enhancements to information transfer and the campuswide interconnection of all learning and support services. Finally, new facilities construction of campus will increase the responsiveness of the college to change and underline the need to remain flexible. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maas, Rao, Taylor and Associates, Riverside, CA.