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ERIC Number: EJ873891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Making Good on the Promise: Learning-Centered Education for College Leaders
O'Banion, Terry; Kaplan, Jonathan
Community College Journal, v74 n5 p16-19 Apr-May 2004
The community college has carved out a well-deserved role in higher education as "democracy's college." The yoke of responsibility carried by community colleges today--and the scope of the challenges they can anticipate in the future--requires the dedication of visionary, skilled leaders who understand how to make good on the promise of their uniquely democratic institutions. To date, community college leaders have done an admirable job responding to the demands and expectations of their diverse "electorate." But maintaining and improving future performance will depend in large measure on how they respond to two major waves of historic proportion engulfing community colleges. First, in the analysis of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), there is a leadership crisis, a challenge that needs immediate attention. Second, there is an emerging commitment to learning-centered education, an approach that has captured the attention of hundreds of community colleges across the United States and Canada. These two waves present an opportunity for the convergence of a new idea: a learning-centered Ph.D. for community college leaders. The authors contend that college leaders make good on the "promise" of their uniquely democratic institutions through learning-centered Ph.D. programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States