ERIC Number: ED439762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Multiple Missions of Community Colleges: Conflicting or Complementary?
Bailey, Thomas R.; Averianova, Irina E.
Community colleges are complex institutions with a broad range of education, social, and economic functions. Community college advocates suggest that the comprehensive nature of these institutions and their ever-expanding missions reflect a commitment to the changing needs of the community. Critics suggest that the colleges have abandoned educational missions and squandered resources in efforts to be overly comprehensive. This paper clarifies the underlying assumptions of both sides in the controversy and reports preliminary findings from a national study of the missions of community colleges. Findings suggest that additional missions and activities will successfully be carried out by community colleges when they are functionally associated with the core activities of the college, and can thus be carried out more efficiently than by other organizations. Expanding missions will be successful to the extent that they are functionally associated with the core academic and vocational functions of the school. Sections include: (1) Introduction; (2) Conflicting missions in business and educational institutions; (3) Perspectives on the controversies about community college functions; (4) Underlying issues and assumptions: a framework for analyzing the conflicting missions controversy; and (5) Conclusion. (Contains over 42 references.) (RDG)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Conflict, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Organizational Objectives, School Community Relationship, Strategic Planning, Two Year Colleges, Values
CCRC, Teachers College, Box 174, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027 ($5). Tel: 212-678-3091. For full text: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc/PAPERS/mission1.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.
Note: For an earlier version of this document, see ED 428 800.