ERIC Number: ED410994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Creating a Knowledge Age Vision for Your Community College.
Norris, Donald M.; Poulton, Susan E.
Designed to assist community college planners develop a vision of learning in the emerging Knowledge Age, this booklet introduces a set of principles for using revolutionary vision to stimulate action and discusses how community colleges can apply these principles in strategic planning. Following a discussion of the characteristics of the new economy and the Knowledge Age, the booklet provides a series of metaphors that lay the foundation for planning in the Knowledge Age, including the fusion of learning with work and recreation, perpetual learning, distributed learning, interactivity, and knowledge sharing. The following set of planning activities are then described: (1) engage in strategic thinking and planning, highlighting the need to plan from the future backward and six principles of strategic thinking; (2) identify barriers to achieving the vision and strategies for overcoming them, such as launching new initiatives, redirecting existing processes, reallocating resources, and identifying new resources; (3) implement the vision aggressively but incrementally while skills are being developed; (4) while new programs are being implemented, build basic competencies for the knowledge age related to leadership skills, new academic cultures, technological skills, new learning tools, enhanced alliances, and new financial paradigms; and (5) seize special opportunities to effectively compete with other learning providers. Contains 10 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A