ERIC Number: ED407002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
What Will Community Colleges Do When Microsoft and Disney Deliver High-Quality, Accredited Higher Education and Training to the Businesses and Homes of Most Americans?
The university can be understood as having three main roles related to the creation of knowledge, the preservation of information, and the transmission of this information to others. While advances in information technology have created new tools to strengthen and enrich the academic and research environment, these same tools may contain the seeds of the collapse of the university system. Information technology allows the decentralization of vast stores of information, rendering the university's role in preserving information obsolete, while students may also be drawn away from large undergraduate campuses due to flexible and inexpensive electronic forms of education. The measure that colleges and universities will be able to respond to these conditions depends upon their market niche, or focus, curriculum, admissions standards, and cost. Regional universities who differentiate their mission and specialize in areas of great concern to sponsoring entities will have sufficient resources to survive. Community colleges with high-quality technical education and training programs, requiring hands-on instruction, should not be overly affected by electronic forms of instruction. Rather than competing with corporations who can provide the technology and alternative delivery systems, community colleges will prosper if they focus on providing learning support services, guidance, organization, and skills development to help students learn. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Walking the Tightrope: The Balance between Innovation and Leadership. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Chair Academy (6th, Reno, NV, February 12-15, 1997); see JC 970 185.