ERIC Number: ED414980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Creating More Learning-Centered Community Colleges.
Efforts by community colleges to become more learning-centered reflect the reforms taking place in traditional higher education. In addition to making learning the highest priority, American education must continue to overhaul its outdated, traditional framework restricted by time, place, bureaucracy, and limited teacher roles. The ideal model of education, the learning college, should inspire substantive change in individual learners, endow them with responsibility for their education, offer as many learning options as possible, assist in collaborative learning activities, define the roles of learning facilitators by the needs of the learners, and record improved and expanded learning. To achieve this ideal, six community colleges created the following goals: to recast mission statements to focus on learning, realign current structures to foster teamwork, involve all stakeholders in the educational process, and develop an open system of communication. Key issues and obstacles in becoming more learning-centered include funding, recognizing a collective need for change, and collaborating to achieve a common goal. Meeting these challenges, as well as linking every action with learning and evaluating the outcomes, are the first steps in becoming a learning-centered institution. (Contains 43 references.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change Strategies, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Faculty College Relationship, Learner Controlled Instruction, Learning Modules, Learning Strategies, Staff Role, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Role, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll.