ERIC Number: ED439751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Learning Outcomes for the 21st Century: Report of a Community College Study.
Wilson, Cynthia D.; Miles, Cindy L.; Baker, Ronald L.; Schoenberger, R. Laurence
This booklet describes a study that helped clarify the current status of community college efforts in defining and documenting student acquisition of 21st Century Skills (general education skills). This study is traced through four stages: (1) an exploratory focus group involving presidents from ten U.S. community colleges recognized as leaders in the learning outcomes movement; (2) a follow-up focus group with representatives from 15 community colleges, including two Canadian representatives, to achieve consensus on what constitutes 21st Century Skills; (3) a survey of the status of 21st Century learning outcomes practices in U.S. and Canadian community colleges; and (4) two institutional narratives describing model community college approaches to 21st Century student learning outcomes, one at Cascadia Community College (Washington) and the other at Waukesha County Technical College (Wisconsin). Outcomes included: (1) there is widespread attention on improving the process for determining what students are learning in community colleges; (2) community colleges are more likely to use "general education core" or "core competencies" to refer to 21st Century Skills; and (3) the stages of developing and institutionalizing processes to define student learning outcomes do not necessarily follow a linear progression. Appendices include lists of focus group participants and the survey. (EMH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Skill Development, Student Development, Student Needs, Teacher Expectations of Students, Two Year Colleges
League for Innovation in the Community College, 26522 La Alamedo, Suite 370, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 ($19). Tel: 949-367-2884; Web site: http://www.leaguestore.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.
Note: This report is based on a focus group of ten community college presidents, covered by the League for Innovation and supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which met from February 25-26, 1999 and from November 6-7, 1999.