ERIC Number: ED423003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-30
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Becoming a Learning College: The Building Blocks of Change.
Michigan Community Coll. Association, Lansing.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
The concept presented in this document offers an alternative to the traditional structure and ideology of the community college. The "learning college" is based on the assumption that learning experiences are designed to meet the needs and convenience of students rather than those of the institution, its faculty, and staff. Six key principles of the learning college include: (1) creating change in individual learners; (2) allowing learners assuming primary responsibility for their choices; (3) providing multiple options for learning; (4) creating collaborative learning activities; (5) defining roles of learning facilitators; and (6) developing facilitator skills to improve the learning experience. From these principles cross-institutional groups, composed of trustees, presidents, and staff, should consider what needs must be addressed by community colleges in Michigan if they are to become learning colleges. Seven organizational change ideas resulted from a wide-ranging discussion of this type, with the determination being that if a learning college is to exist, there must be: (1) a culture of change; (2) trustee commitment and involvement in the change process; (3) employee commitment and support; (4) a definition of the learning expected, with articulated outcomes; (5) appropriate curricular and delivery methods; (6) collaboration with diverse groups; and (7) a revised organizational structure. The implementation ideas presented in this monograph are offered as a beginning, with a clear assertion that becoming a learning college is indeed a process. (AS)
Descriptors: Administrators, Community Colleges, Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning, Program Implementation, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Michigan State University, Office of the Vice Provost for University Outreach, 216 Hannah Administration Building, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1046; phone (517) 353-8977 ($4 each for one to four copies; $3.25 each for five to nine copies; $2.50 each for ten or more).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Community Coll. Association, Lansing.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.