Advancing the Regional Role of Two-Year Colleges: New Directions for Community Colleges

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In the midst of a challenging economic recovery, thenation’s policy makers and education leaders are seeking newand potentially more effective strategies to align personal andpublic educational investments with job creation, increased levelsof employment, small business development, and entrepreneurialactivity. Reaching the 2020 national college completion goal willrequire powerful and fully implemented innovations in two-yearcolleges, particularly in states and regions where ...

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Advancing the Regional Role of Two-Year Colleges: New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 157

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Overview

In the midst of a challenging economic recovery, thenation’s policy makers and education leaders are seeking newand potentially more effective strategies to align personal andpublic educational investments with job creation, increased levelsof employment, small business development, and entrepreneurialactivity. Reaching the 2020 national college completion goal willrequire powerful and fully implemented innovations in two-yearcolleges, particularly in states and regions where economicdifficulties are more deeply entrenched.

Grounded in the Midwest context, this special issue examinesseveral promising policies and innovations that re-envision therole of two-year colleges in developing regional rather than localsolutions to the emerging economic and educational challenges.

This is the 157th volume of this Jossey-Bassquarterly report series. Essential to the professional libraries ofpresidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today'sopen-door institutions, New Directions for CommunityColleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challengesof their distinctive and expanding educational mission.

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EDITOR'S NOTES 1
L. Allen Phelps

1. Regionalizing Postsecondary Education for the Twenty-FirstCentury: Promising Innovations and Capacity Challenges 5
L. Allen Phelps
Focusing on community colleges, this opening chapter describes thecontext and demand for regional approaches to postsecondaryeducation policy development and implementation. Several themes andstrategies for regional, two-year college innovation areintroduced.

2. Reanimating the Vital Center: Challenges and Opportunitiesin the Regional Talent Development Pipeline 17
John Austin
This chapter chronicles the Midwest as the birthplace of modernpublic higher-education institutions, including community colleges,which were designed to advance the twentieth-centuryagrarian-industrial-manufacturing economy. In the twenty-firstcentury knowledgedriven economy, these learning, research, andpublic-service institutions must contribute directly andstrategically to the region's economic prosperity.

3. Building Regional Economic Growth and Innovation Capacity29
H. Jeffrey Rafn
This chapter provides a case study on how thirteen institutions ofhigher education, including ten two-year college campuses, createda successful alliance to jointly address key regional education andeconomic challenges.

4. Learning and the New Workplace: Impacts of TechnologyChange on Postsecondary Career and Technical Education 43
Janet L. Washbon
In the new economy, rapid deployment of technological innovationchanges the mix of skills and knowledge used in the workplace. Thischapter presents examples of new and emerging practices inWisconsin's technical colleges that situate learning in newsettings to meet the needs of employers, as well as learners andtheir communities.

5. Leveraging Workforce Development and PostsecondaryEducation for Low-Skilled, Low-Income Workers: Lessons from theShifting Gears Initiative 53
Debra Bragg, Laura Dresser, Whitney Smith
The Joyce Foundation’s Shifting Gears initiative aims toincrease the number of workers in six Midwestern states earningcredentials valued by employers in their local labor markets. Thischapter takes an upclose look at the policies adopted by Illinoisand Wisconsin to support career pathways and bridge programs aimedat improving the employment opportunities for low-skill, low-incomeadults and enhancing the competitiveness of the Midwesternworkforce.

6. Illinois Innovation Talent Project: Implications forTwo-Year Institutions 67
Jason A. Tyszko, Robert G. Sheets
This chapter examines how Midwestern companies are reorganizingwork and learning to expand the capacity for innovation. Theimplications for developing innovation talent in high schools andtwo-year colleges are explored.

7. Learning to Innovate in Twenty-First-Century CommunityColleges: Searching for the General Education Niche in Two-YearColleges 83
Todd C. Lundberg
Following a review of recent trends in general education andcurricular innovations, this chapter profiles the role of generaleducation in a forward-looking two-year Midwestern technicalcollege program.

8. Community College–Research University Collaboration:Emerging Student Research and Transfer Partnerships 97
L. Allen Phelps, Amy Prevost
This chapter examines the recent innovations in Midwesterncommunity college–research university partnerships designedto advance undergraduate student research experiences, facultydevelopment initiatives, and transfer programs.

9. A Framework and Strategies for Advancing Change andInnovation in Two-Year Colleges 111
Christopher J. Matheny, Clifton Conrad
The authors present a framework to guide innovation andchange-agent leadership in two-year colleges. The frameworksuggests that choosing innovation and change strategies must bebased on both the impetus and focus of the change effort, includingregional alliance opportunities.

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