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ERIC Number: ED417781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
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Assessment of Institutional Impact and Long-Term Strategies Development.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
If community colleges are to expand their roles in delivering workforce training, they must develop long-term strategies that respond effectively to changes in society and workforce needs. In rendering these change strategies, colleges should define their internal and external environments, as well as their service areas. Internally, instructional methods should be investigated and "updated." Class information flow traditionally is controlled by the instructor, rather than by the timing needs of the individual student. This practice, bound by time and place, is less than effective in meeting workforce and educational needs and must be transformed into a more timely and cost-efficient method of delivery to capture the workforce training market. In the external environment, businesses face a growing need to keep their employees current with new technologies, and many are using outside providers for this training. Marketing limitations, delayed curricula development, and expensive classes prevent many community colleges from filling this educational niche in the business world. Traditional curriculum must be placed in the context of real-life situations, and the organizational structure and focus of community colleges must shift from teaching to learning in order for two-year colleges to respond effectively to the needs of their service communities. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Note: Report of the Commission on Workforce and Community Development, Work Group III.