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ERIC Number: EJ825843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-12
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
New Calif. Community-College Chief Seeks Unity over Autonomy
Keller, Josh
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n16 pA1 Dec 2008
This article reports that the incoming chancellor of California's enormous community-college system is facing a crucial choice amid tough times. Jack Scott, a longtime chair of State Senate's committee on education, will take the helm of the California community-college system in January. But in a twist of state politics, his influence over the campuses could actually decline. The system, which educates nearly a quarter of the community-college students in the country, is so large and decentralized that many of its leaders prefer to call it a "confederacy." The chancellor's office itself has little power over individual campuses, and its staff is smaller than the human-resources department of its sister system, the University of California. The emphasis on local control is a point of pride here, where campus administrators say designing their own standards and curricula allows them to serve the specific needs of their students in an exceedingly diverse state. But it has often frustrated efforts to make systemwide changes that depend on central coordination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California