ERIC Number: ED470334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Redefining Community: Small Colleges in the Information Age. The Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology (5th, Charleston, South Carolina, October 9-10, 2001).
Twigg, Carol A.
A symposium on the challenges and opportunities facing small institutions as they move into the 21st century was held to allow participants the opportunity to describe their own initiatives and to hear the views of representatives of larger institutions with technology mediated programs. The paper provides an overview of the strategic issues facing small colleges and poses questions about how these institutions might respond. Two points of view are advanced. One argues for an emphasis on traditional values and the traditional mission and little change in the way campuses function, and the other advocates a redefinition of campus activities within the context of traditional values. The paper then presents six case studies illustrating innovative approaches to using information technology to address strategic issues. The paper then poses, but does not answer, questions about how small institutions can best position themselves to benefit from the ideas suggested by the case studies and the symposium discussion. The case studies are: (1) a study in blending, Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey); (2) a study in redesign, Fairfield University (Connecticut); (3) a study in importing, North Central College (Illinois); (4) a study in collaboration, the Associated Colleges of the South; (5) a study in outsourcing, Immaculata College (Pennsylvania); and (6) a study in extending, Regis University (Colorado). (SLD)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Technology, School Size, Small Colleges
For full text: http://www.center.rpi.edu/PewSym/Mono5.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY. Center for Academic Transformation.
Note: Part of the Pew Learning and Technology Program. For other summaries of proceedings from Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology, see HE 035 457 and 459.