ERIC Number: ED456867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Open Doors and Open Minds: Improving Access and Quality in California's Community Colleges.
Little Hoover Commission, Sacramento, CA.
This paper states that the future of California's community colleges is being reshaped by two inevitable trends. First, as California enjoys an economic renaissance, the digital economy and global marketplace are breaking traditional ties between geography, jobs, and wealth. For many, this new economy will require skills that do not exist now, for jobs that do not exist now. Quality education will be the single greatest determinant in the long-term competitiveness of the state's residents and regional economies. The second trend is the changing face of California and Californians. The children of yesterday's baby-boomers are now in the K-12 system and will soon be in college. They are joined by immigrants, former welfare recipients, and refugees from the cold war economy-all seeking new skills. For many Californians, the only option for postsecondary education is the community college system. And for many California businesses, community colleges are a primary source for skilled employees. In this paper, the Little Hoover Commission addresses four central issues for California community colleges: (1) fostering lifelong learners will require a more explicit commitment to developing quality teachers; (2) access must widen its definition to include not only low cost, but flexible schedules and teaching methods as well; (3) higher education funding should create incentives for quality improvement; and (4) governance must pay sufficient attention to student success and accountability. (Contains more than 20 tables and 150 references. Appendices include lists of Little Hoover Commission public hearing witnesses, advisory committee members, California community college districts and colleges, and community college effectiveness data.) (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Faculty, College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Demand, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Free Enterprise System, Outcomes of Education, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Little Hoover Commission, Sacramento, CA.