ERIC Number: ED411915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-4
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Challenges of Leadership in Changing Times.
This address, delivered by the chancellor of Houston Community College System, considers the issue of meeting the challenges of leadership in changing times. There is lack of cohesion between faculty and administrators. Both groups must prepare students to live in a changing world, and make the necessary institutional transformations to do so. Community colleges have been accused of failing to adequately prepare their students for survival in modern society through archaic practices and inefficient policies. With the increased competition from proprietary schools over postsecondary education, colleges must employ innovation and flexibility. Suggestions for change include: (1) create a teaching/learning/working environment which fosters change; (2) re-examine the previously used collegial decision-making model; (3) recognize technology as the key for future change; (4) reorganize hierarchical structures so that they are more flexible; (5) move toward becoming pure "learning institutions"; (6) forge new and creative partnerships; and (7) redefine the definition of community to include the state, the nation, and the world. Citizens may act locally, but think globally, to fulfill the responsibility of preparing students for survival in a rapidly changing world. (YKH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Community Coll. System, TX.