ERIC Number: ED413033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Workforce, Economic, and Community Development. The Changing Landscape of the Entrepreneurial Community College.
Grubb, W. Norton; Badway, Norena; Bell, Denise; Bragg, Debra; Russman, Maxine
Focusing on nontraditional workforce, economic, and community development programs being developed within community colleges, this monograph defines these efforts as "entrepreneurial colleges" within community colleges and reviews characteristics and trends related to these efforts. Following an executive summary and introduction, the first section provides definitions and examples of entrepreneurial community colleges, contrasting them with regular community colleges, describing difficulties in determining the success of entrepreneurial colleges, and providing data on enrollments in entrepreneurial colleges at seven community colleges. The second section discusses internal and external factors influencing entrepreneurial colleges, including college missions, faculty attitudes and activities, and local pressures, while the third section address the role of state policy in promoting workforce and economic development, focusing on issues related to funding, regulations, and balancing state and local initiatives. This section also highlights emerging concerns of state officials related to entrepreneurial college effectiveness, their coherence in state educational systems, and the effects of welfare reform initiatives. The fourth section examines potential tensions within comprehensive community colleges with the rise of these new programs. The fifth and final section presents conclusions and recommendations for promoting and integrating entrepreneurial colleges, developing new state and federal policies, and conducting further research. Contains 35 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; National Council for Occupational Education, Columbus, OH.