ERIC Number: ED387190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Community College Issues: A Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century.
Reed, Lester W., Jr.
Based on input from practitioners at 42 two-year colleges in the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education region, this document outlines the research agenda of the Western Center for Community College Development (WCCCD) for the next century. Introductory sections describe the role of focused research, the WCCCD, methodology used in developing the agenda, and the WCCCD's basic research agenda, indicating that it establishes priorities within the broad areas of learning and teaching and leadership. Next, eight priorities for conducting research are identified for learning and teaching: the adaptation of professional, technical, and occupational education to the specific needs of the workforce; the application of learned skills and knowledge in simulated real-life situations; the effectiveness of technology-assisted learning; the remediation of basic skill deficiencies and access to college programs; the attributes of teaching excellence; the impact of diversity; the impact of student service activities on student success; and the role of student activities in commuter-based colleges. For each priority, several subtopics are identified providing more specific areas for research. Next, the following six priorities, with related subtopics, are identified for the area of leadership: college responses to institutional effectiveness and assessment, the impact of declining resources on mission, the effect of organizational structure on effectiveness, trends and outcomes for leadership/management styles, the effectiveness of personnel policies, and the effects of collective bargaining. Appendixes provide a list of college participants and a description of the Delphi process used to identify the agenda items. (KP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Instruction, College Outcomes Assessment, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Excellence in Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Styles, Needs Assessment, Organizational Effectiveness, Policy Formation, Research Needs, Two Year Colleges
Western Center for Community College Development, Oregon State University, Education Hall 220, Corvallis, OR 97331-3502.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Western Center for Community Coll. Development.