ERIC Number: ED451832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Help Wanted...Credentials Required: Community Colleges in the Knowledge Economy.
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Desrochers, Donna M.
This report examines the expanding role of community colleges, the emerging credentialing system, and the changes in the economy that have increased the value of credentials. While business has come to rely on higher education degrees to signify general skills, employers increasingly look for performance-based certifications as indications of more specialized skill. Part 1 of the report elaborates on the seven core credentialing roles of community colleges and the synergy among them. Part 2 describes the fragmented system of credentialing and certification as it expands beyond community colleges into a labyrinth of for-profit and not-for-profit postsecondary institutions, industry and trade associations, commercial vendors, and governments. Part 3 examines the economic and technological forces that are driving the current upheaval in credentialing and certification. These forces have changed the relationship between employers and employees, heightening the need for lifelong learning and demand for performance-based education and training. Part 4 examines credentialing as a dynamic two-way interchange between educational institutions and workplaces. Part 5 discusses the evolution and changing context of the community college, and part 6 presents issues facing the institutions. Part 7 concludes the report by acknowledging that the primary challenge for community college managers is to promote synergy across a wide variety of education and training programs. Contains 135 references. (JA)
Descriptors: Certification, Community Colleges, Credentials, Economic Climate, Educational Trends, Job Skills, Professional Training, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701 (Stock No. 1449, $10). Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; Educational Testing Service, Washington, DC.