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ERIC Number: ED476458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-21
Pages: 187
Abstractor: N/A
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Public Trust/Private Interest: Practical and Philosophical Issues for Community Colleges and Their Contract Education Programs.
Linstrom, Eric L.
This study proposes to understand the major practical and philosophical issues faced by community colleges as they continue to expand the economic development roles of their contract education programs. The author argues that these practical and philosophical issues are influenced by the convergence of three key factors: (1) many community colleges are struggling with the near- and long-term consequences of chronic underfunding; (2) community colleges are being asked to take on a larger economic development role than ever before; and (3) community colleges are being pressured to look toward increased levels of collaboration with the commercial or corporate elements within their communities as a way to meet funding issues and economic development responsibilities. The author professes a conflicted reaction to the role of the private business sector in the community college, and thus aims to find a point of reconciliation among the conflicting viewpoints of advancing the interests of society versus the myopic pursuit of profits. This study uses a phenomenological method in an attempt to gain an insider's perspective on the issue. The study was conducted at Evergreen Valley/San Jose Community College District, California, and the Institute for Business Performance. The author concludes that the study did not serve to decrease his perception of the conflicts inherent in these collaborations. (Contains 72 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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