ERIC Number: ED430596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Community College Initiative III. Building Teams for Institutional and Community Change. AACC Project Brief.
Eller, Ronald; Martinez, Ruben; Pace, Cynthia; Pavel, Michael; Barnett, Lynn
This Project Brief focuses on the Ford Foundation's Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI), which aims to help selected community colleges in distressed communities expand their capacity to increase access to postsecondary education and to foster regional economic development. RCCI is geared to specific geographic regions where communities face out-migration and stagnant or declining communities--the Southeast, Deep South, Southwest, Appalachia, and western Indian reservations. Included in this brief are a list of the 24 RCCI colleges, a description of RCCI's approach to team-building, and factors affecting team practice. These factors include: (1) durability; (2) people development; (3) teamwork; (4) communication; (5) planning functions; (6) systems thinking for change; (7) sustainability; and (8) innovation. Also listed are "lessons learned" in the development of strategies at different colleges: (1) valuing a team approach; (2) clarity of mission; (3) diversity of composition; (4) understanding institutional and community contexts; (5) ownership of processes and outcomes; (6) leadership; (7) experiential learning; and (8) connection to the academic core. RCCI pilot college teams fall into two general categories: college-based and community-based. Although approaches vary, they share the common principals of leadership, team composition, and organizational process. Finally, the brief includes guidelines for effective teams. Contains 18 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.