ERIC Number: ED396774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-12
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Community College Linkages: Recommendations on Strengthening Relationships between the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, and the Area Colleges.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.
Prepared in response to a request from the Iowa state General Assembly, this report outlines major issues facing the state's community colleges and provides recommendations for increasing effectiveness and accountability. Following introductory materials, the report describes the five major guiding principals in the development of Iowa's community colleges: state administration, accessibility, comprehensiveness, and responsiveness to their service areas. Next, major issues facing the colleges and related recommendations are presented for each of the guiding principals, including the following: (1) the need to strengthen the governance system and improve articulation; (2) the need to review the number of college attendance centers, address equity and affordability issues, increase the colleges' role in distance learning, and expand state financial aid; (3) the need to recognize the colleges' role in providing development education and provide funding; (4) the need for colleges to coordinate services on a regional basis; and (5) the need to address accountability issues related to strategic planning, quality assessment, the development of a management information system, revision of the college funding formula, licensure requirements, the development of a general education core curriculum, and image enhancement. Appendixes, comprising half the report, provide a state policy statement on area colleges and schools, a list of source documents, descriptions of state board and directors' responsibilities toward area schools, information on the establishment of the state Division of Community Colleges, a history of area community colleges, and a map of colleges. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.