ERIC Number: ED463811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-1
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges and the Future of Pennsylvania: An Agenda for Public Policy. A Report for the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.
This report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) focuses on community college services provided to the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The objectives of the study are to determine what services are being provided, what the barriers are to the provision of these services, and what steps might be taken to remove some of the barriers. NCHEMS concludes that urgent issues facing the Commonwealth require that Pennsylvania undertake fundamental reform. Overall policy recommendations point toward two objectives: strengthening the capacity of community colleges to serve their regions and critical state priorities such as workforce development, and ensuring the availability of community college services in all regions of the state. On the New Economy Index, Pennsylvania ranked 24th in the nation but ranked 43rd in the category of workforce development. Eleven percent of Pennsylvania's population was estimated to be living in poverty in 1997, but the percent was much higher in some regions. With the exception of Philadelphia, the counties with the highest levels of poverty are not served by community colleges. Furthermore, 48% of the state's total population was estimated to be at the two lowest levels of literacy in 1996. The report offers recommendations for reform. (Contains 44 figures, 9 tables, and 10 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Benefits, Community Colleges, Community Needs, Community Services, Delivery Systems, Economic Climate, Economic Impact, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Enrollment Trends, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Institutional Role, Outreach Programs, Population Trends, Resources, Tuition, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Commission for Community Colleges, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania