ERIC Number: ED409963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Trends Important to Community Colleges.
To help develop a long range plan for the California Community Colleges (CCC), a "futures research" project was undertaken to gather information on internal and external college trends and subject that data to various analytical and consensus-building techniques. In the project, a literature review was conducted, external forecasts for the colleges were analyzed, and internal forecasts were prepared and revised. This information was then presented to the CCC Chancellor and important trends were identified and prioritized. Following full Task Force and Consultation Council meetings, emphasizing consensus for all points of substance, the New Basic Agenda was developed, summarizing policy directions and setting an agenda for future policy development. Trends identified in the project as most important to the colleges included the following: (1) changes in demography, including increases in the number of 18-24 year olds and the diversity of students; (2) technological advances related to interactive communications and computer use; (3) longer and shallower economic cycles, increased outsourcing, and globalization; (4) social changes, including the advent of a multicultural society and increased living alone; and (5) changes in public policy, including decreasing federal control and continued inadequate funding. The project also identified pedagogical and policy trends that will affect planning, including the shift from teaching- to learning-centered institutions and increasing collaboration, as opposed to competition. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.