ERIC Number: ED389357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Community Cores: The Future for the Community College Campus.
As social problems continue to threaten the fabric of American society, the community has emerged as the single entity capable of meeting these challenges. It is increasingly important, then, that community colleges position themselves for the role of rebuilding communities. The loss of traditional support systems, changes in family structure, loss of educational potential, crime, a declining economy, poverty, and an aging population are critical concerns for rebuilding the community. Strategies which can help position community colleges to effectively rebuild communities include the following: (1) redefine the courses, forms of instruction, and delivery methods that make up the education process, focusing new definitions on workforce training and lifelong learning; (2) reconsider the notion of "customer," placing more attention on groups and entire communities; (3) redefine the institution's role in the community as a focal point in a community network designed to foster cooperation and offer guidance for continuing development; and (4) develop the learning community by bridging the gap between traditional and non-traditional education. Although issues related to funding, the loss of college mission, and lines of authority will have to be solved, the community college campus of the future should be a centralized educational, social, and community institution providing an array of services from the public and private sectors. Contains 36 references. (TGI)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Community Education, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Partnerships in Education, Role of Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Sociocultural Patterns, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Roundtable presentation delivered at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (75th, Minneapolis, MN, April 22-25, 1995).