ERIC Number: ED436204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-4
Confronting the Future: Instruction Can Do It.
Parsons, Michael H.
Community colleges are on the cutting edge of the multidirectional change with the coming of a new century. Peters and Waterman, two management consultants, have spawned thousands of models, designs, and strategies for using organizational excellence as a gyroscope for navigating the turbulence of change. This paper presents Waterman's four-step template that provides those seeking to use instruction as a change management design with a perspective for assessment: (1) structure: engaging the task; (2) systems: leveraging change; (3) style: pick your strategies; and (4) strategy: the Minnesota mindset. A careful analysis of the components and infusion into a college's culture will give direction and perspective. The author concludes that the transition to a learning organization is a task that will succeed to the extent that it is in the hands of those who must implement it. Faculty must be encouraged to create a common, shared meaning out of a reality that is kaleidoscopic-multi-dimensional and always changing. They have the ability if given the opportunity. (VWC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Development, Faculty Development, Instruction, Leadership, Long Range Planning, Organizational Change, Organizational Development, Organizational Objectives, Organizational Theories, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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