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ERIC Number: ED458915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 278
Abstractor: N/A
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Transforming a Community College in Support of Learning: A Case Study.
Ruiz, Rachel Sue
This is a qualitative case study that was conducted on Palomar College in North San Diego (California). Palomar made an institutional commitment in its vision statement to transform the college into a "learning college" that emphasized student learning. The purpose of this study was to identify strategies and processes in transforming community college institutions from an instructional paradigm into a learning paradigm. Using qualitative methodologies such as interviews, observation, and document analysis, the study explored the factors that motivated the change in Palomar, the current situations of the reform, and various factors that shaped the situation. The study found that the transformation process within the college was slow and difficult in part because the reform effort was limited by various external forces and demands, such as the new legislative standards required by the California legislature for accountability purposes. Another challenge was that the internal culture and climate were resistant to organizational change. Despite these difficulties, there was tangible evidence that some innovative activities and programs were being implemented; therefore, the transformation of the institution may still be in an early stage of a longer process. (Contains 97 references.) (GC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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