ERIC Number: ED491848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The 21st-Century Community College: A Strategic Guide to Maximizing Labor Market Responsiveness. Volumes 1, 2, and 3
MacAllum, Keith; Yoder, Karla; Poliakoff, Anne Rogers
Academy for Educational Development
The Community College Labor Market Responsiveness (CCLMR) Initiative was created by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), to develop and disseminate information to enable community colleges to keep pace with the needs of a diverse student body and a dynamic labor market. The main goals of the initiative were to: (1) determine the characteristics of a "market-responsive" community college and identify the policies and practices to facilitate labor market responsiveness; (2) pinpoint the steps colleges can take to improve labor market responsiveness and the quality of customized programs they offer to students; and (3) disseminate that knowledge to the field. Volume 1, Unleashing the Power of the Community College, serves as the executive summary and includes key lessons learned from case studies of 30 colleges serving 10 labor market areas. The authors conclude the responsive colleges tend to share fundamental Characteristics: "leadership committed to the goal of making the college responsive; internal response mechanisms that influence campus organizational structure and culture; conscious and deliberate efforts to nurture business and other partnerships; and thoughtful and strategic approaches to building stronger connections to the local economy." Volume 2, Promising Practices, and Lessons from the Field, is made up of modules exploring different facets of the college that contribute to market responsiveness: (1) leadership and governance; (2) organizational structure and staffing; (3) organizational culture; (4) resources and funding; (5) information and data; (6) relationship-building; and (7) partnerships. The volume contains a list of resources and advice for colleges seeking to improve their responsiveness. Volume 3, Self Assessment Tools and Resources, disseminates the recommendations from the Initiative in the form of tools colleges can use to gauge their own effectiveness and plan for improvement. This volume contains extensive recommendations for further reading and lists of organizations that can offer assistance labor-market responsiveness. Appended are: (1) The Colleges: Who They are, and Why They Were Chosen; (2) Members of the Community College Labor Market Responsiveness Advisory Committee; and (3) Profiles of the Participating Colleges.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Market, Labor Force Development, Economic Development, Institutional Characteristics, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Governance, Leadership, Administrative Organization, Organizational Culture, Resources, Financial Support, Information Seeking, Data Analysis, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Academy for Educational Development. 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009-5721. Tel: 202-884-8000; Fax: 202-884-8400; Web site: http://www.aed.org/ToolsandPublications.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.