ERIC Number: ED457874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Report on the Conference: Community Colleges Issues: Issues and Research.
Ashley, Hannah; Barr, Rebecca; Lattuca, Lisa R.
This report on the March 1998 Spencer Foundation Conference, "Community Colleges: Issues and Research," identifies areas of needed research related to the mission and work of community colleges. It summarizes the comments of the conference participants and organizes these comments into three sections. The first focuses on forces that influence the mission and identity of community colleges: internal (i.e., students and faculty) and external (i.e., the economy, federal and state policy, technological changes, and local community demand). The second section explores research questions pertaining to students, curriculum and course taking, faculty and pedagogy, and institutional governance and culture. The final section focuses pragmatically on the organization and type of needed research. The need to contextualize studies of community colleges within an understanding of societal forces is discussed, as well as the nature of institutional research--how to best utilize the data already being collected, how to improve methods for collection of further data, and how best to reflect research back to the policy and practitioner communities. (KP)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Conferences, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Institutional Mission, Strategic Planning, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.spencer.org/conferences/community/REPORT.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.