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ERIC Number: ED460695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 10
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Instructional Reorganization: The Process.
Parsons, Michael H.
This paper proposes a process for community colleges to engage and direct discontinuous change in the face of the coming millennium. Described are several characteristics of change envisioned in the near future, including a complete break with the past, major reconstruction of nearly every element of the organization, and modification of the mental models used by organizational personnel to construct reality. Defined in the paper are the following steps in realignment for optimal productivity and performance in the organizational culture: (1) conduct a change-readiness audit--examine the college as an organic system whose interdependent parts must realign cooperatively; (2) implement transformational change--assist personnel in rethinking their frame of reference regarding the internal and external environments of the college; and (3) apply transactional change, addressing what modifications to the college's mission, delivery system, and internal structure are needed to engage the new challenges. Hagerstown Community College (Maryland) is proposed as a useful example of organizational transformation. Included are steps in the change management design and strategic implementations. (12 references) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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