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ERIC Number: EJ775854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Creating a New Architecture for the Learning College
O'Banion, Terry
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v31 n9 p713-724 Sep 2007
The publication of "A Nation at Risk" in 1983 triggered a series of major reform efforts in education that are still evolving. As part of the reform efforts, leaders began to refer to a Learning Revolution that would "place learning first by overhauling the traditional architecture of education." The old architecture--time-bound, place-bound, role-bound, and bureaucracy-bound--was an artifact of earlier eras when school was designed for an agricultural and an industrial economy. It was easy for educational leaders to "place learning first" by changing their language. Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs became Vice Presidents of Learning; Learning Outcomes became the universal goal; the institutions became Learning Colleges. New mission and value statements began to appear in community college catalogs to reflect the new emphasis on learning. The American Association of Community Colleges joined the revolution with a new mission statement: "Building a nation of learners by advancing America's community colleges." The really hard work was to "overhaul the traditional architecture." This brief article takes a first step in suggesting what that "overhaul" might look like for departmental structures, workload formula, grading, late registration, and some of the time-bound artifacts. It is noted that the 5 examples are but the tip of the iceberg if community colleges are to fully engage the Learning Revolution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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