Teaching, Learning, and Research
in 21st Century Community Colleges
James L. Morrison
Professor of Educational Leadership
Students can no longer prepare…
Students depend on paper too much.
Students depend too much on ink.
Community Colleges in the 21st Century
The changing environment
The influence of networked learning and information technology tools
What are the issues?
The Changing Environment
Need for up-to-date, college trained, workforce; for continuous retraining
Older, working, raising children
Takes longer to get degree
Concern for cost
Permanent Staff Cuts by U.S. Corporations
The Enrollment Pipeline
Supply and Demand
Trends: Projected Distance Education Growth
Transition from learned infrastructure
to learning infrastructure; from campus-centric to consumer-centric
Expect user-friendly services
Want accessible, available education at
their time, place, and medium of choice
Want dependable one-stop or no-stop service that is high tech but personable
The Changing Community College Environment
Old-line institutions have discovered
satellites and the Internet
Traditional “service areas” fair game
New for-profit educational providers
Certification monopoly at risk
employers concerned about competency
employers relying less on diplomas
Outcomes assessment coming on line
Western Governors University
What Lies Ahead in Technology
WWW; Web course mgt
Network Learning Technologies are Transforming Core Production and Delivery Processes
Students can learn better at home than in class.
How Will Community College
Education Look Tomorrow?
Partnerships with colleges and other educational service providers for continuing education
Multimedia courses developed by dispersed teams
Boundryless service area
Faculty roles: from actor to director
What are the issues in networked learning?
Can the institution
Mandate distance learning?
Assign faculty to teach DL classes?
Use previously created faculty courses?
Institutional Research Issues
Changing role of institutional research to include responsibility
for external analysis
Developing IT infrastructure
Using data warehousing
Using information technology tools to make a user friendly environment for students, alumni, and administrators
Changing form and structure of higher education
We is confronted
by an insurmountable tidal
wave of opportunity.