ERIC Number: ED481034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
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Perspectives on California Community College Governance.
Ratliff, Charles A.
iJournal: Insight into Student Services, n5 May 2003
This document is based upon Charles A. Ratliff's perspective on California community college governance. It was originally published in the journal, "Insight Into Student Services" in May 2003. Mr. Ratliff discusses the historical emergence of the California community college as a system and the major external pressures that have been placed upon the colleges in recent decades. The author explains in detail how external pressures on community colleges have created a need for change and then makes certain observations and recommendations. The recommendations include giving faculty the responsibility for student academic outcomes and the authority to shape academic policies and procedures that guide teaching and learning experiences. Furthermore, student service professionals should be responsible for non-cognitive development of students and assigned authority to shape college support services and experiences that have an impact on desired outcomes. The author concludes by saying that the California community colleges should continue its evolution to a unified system of postsecondary education and everyone (colleges, district boards, state board, and legislatures) should refocus their attention and energies on how to best serve all students and help promote their ability to learn continuously throughout their lives. (MZ)
Descriptors: College Governing Councils, Community Colleges, Community Control, Educational Administration, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California