ERIC Number: ED469072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
An International Dialogue on Community Colleges in a Changing World. [Symposium Report of] New Orleans Jam Session (New Orleans, Louisiana, January 8-9, 2002).
Rosenfeld, Stuart; Liston, Cynthia
This document details a symposium that brought together U.S., Canadian, and European experts, college leaders, and policy makers for an "International Dialogue on Community Colleges in a Changing World." Discussion centered on the following four topics: (1) Community colleges are the largest source of postsecondary education for immigrants and bear some responsibility for building social capital in their communities. Colleges can be catalysts for positive change; (2) Most community colleges offer non-credit, short-term training for employees often called workforce development. There is increasing reason to link this training to credit hours, which accrue toward formal qualifications and degrees. Some states and countries are beginning to implement this marriage between credit and non-credit systems; (3) With increasing demand for private vendor certifications and efforts to track students' competencies instead of classroom time, will both the credit and the non-credit systems become obsolete? The U.K. and one U.S. online university have already implemented competency-based qualification systems; and (4) As aspirations and demands for educational qualifications arise, some colleges in the U.S. and Canada are considering adding applied bachelors' degrees to their pre-baccalaureate education. There is some fear that this might undermine the open access and economic responsiveness that make community colleges effective today. Symposium agenda is appended. (CB)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Credit Courses, Degrees (Academic), Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), International Education, Labor Force Development, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., Carrboro, NC.; Delgado Community Coll., New Orleans, LA.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States