ERIC Number: ED411912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
American Community Colleges: Leading the Way to the Future.
Mees, Robert L.
Though each community college has its own unique identity based on location, they all share the common commitments to (1) a comprehensive educational program; (2) teaching; (3) lifelong learning; (4) serving its community as a community-based educational institution; (5) workforce training and re-training for business and industry; and (6) open, accessible, equitable admissions for all students. These goals are achieved through the implementation of programs such as the Baccalaureate Transfer Program, Career Education Program, Work Force Training Program, Adult and Continuing Education Program, and the International Education Program. The impact of the United States community college continues to rise due to its wide accessibility and its provision of valuable services such as work force training. Support for community colleges continues to increase, with an even greater expansion expected into the 21st century, affirming their roles as leaders of higher education. They will play key roles in this high technology era as major drivers on the nation's information highway. One major concern, however, is the lack of financial resources to meet the challenges for the future. The State of Illinois Community College System has developed a strategic plan for a successful future. With plans such as these, American community colleges are ready to continue to meet future challenges and serve their communities. (YKH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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