ERIC Number: ED447848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
As Competition Increases, Community Colleges Would Do Well To Do Good.
This document examines incentives and obstacles to partnerships between nonprofit organizations and community colleges. Aside from some service learning collaborations, partnerships between community colleges and nonprofit groups are rare. Reasons include: (1) many community college administrators bring a private-sector orientation with them from earlier jobs; (2) recent nonprofit scandals stimulated fear of new government restrictions; and (3) the nonprofit sector is misunderstood and underappreciated. Nonprofit organizations include service organizations, charities, foundations, healthcare, environmental groups, cultural associations, community development organizations, churches, and youth organizations. Nonprofits tend to be: (1) vital and socially conscious, fulfilling missions that mesh well with those of community colleges; (2) a significant economic factor, contributing eight percent of the gross domestic product, employing ten percent of the workforce, and generating approximately $700 billion in annual revenues; and (3) involved with large potential student populations, already organized around common desires and needs. Community colleges are natural partners to nonprofits that offer facilities, potential students, and significant funding sources. If community colleges do not pursue partnerships with nonprofit organizations, they will be neglecting a vital, growing component of their communities at their own peril. Contains 11 references. (PGS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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