ERIC Number: ED426751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Toward a Unified State System.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This report summarizes the findings from two years of study on issues involving the governance of the California public community college system. Section 1 reviews the history of California's community colleges and describes challenges they currently face, such as inconsistent compensation and operational costs, changing enrollment demand, and conflicted faculty. Section 2 presents basic information on the characteristics and evolution of the colleges, as well as a summary of major external pressures confronting them. The third section summarizes selected findings from previous studies on community college governance issues. Section 4 lists key characteristics of higher education governing boards, and section 5 offers seven recommendations for achieving a more unified governance. At the end of this study, the Commission concluded that there is no need for a radical restructuring of the college system, that it would be sufficient to redistribute authority and administrative responsibility between the State Board of Governors and local community college boards of trustees. (Contains 28 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.