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ERIC Number: EJ782801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Implementing a New Learning Strategy: Organizational Change for a Global Learning Environment
Goho, James; Webb, Ken
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v11 n2 p115-127 Spr 2004
Globalization, new technology, and the knowledge economy are transforming the role of community colleges in learning. In an increasingly competitive and global education market community colleges in Canada and the USA are responding by changing their missions, culture, curricula, program delivery models, and organizational structures. This interpretative case study examined the change management process at a large Western Canadian comprehensive community college. The purpose was to understand the rapidly shifting circumstances of the college and how these affected change in four organizational categories: paradigm or worldview, vision and mission, culture, and organizational structure. Results illustrate that the college went through significant organizational change, arising from many factors, particularly external forces related to globalization. Changes included a new vision and mission, a different culture and a widely endorsed new academic programming expansion plan based on key knowledge economy sectors. The plan outlined a spectrum of delivery mechanisms and credentials, tactical infrastructure renewal, dozens of new programs and a multi-campus model to take learning everywhere. The outcome aligned the internal substance and structure of academic programming with key sectors of the global learning environment. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada