Learning College For The 21st Century / Edition 1

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Many earlier attempts at education reform have failed, causing some critics to call for a much more expansive wave of reform in which learning becomes a central focus. O'Banion presents an argument for the community college, with its strong penchant for innovation and risk-taking, as the ideal forum for creating this new learning paradigm. He proposes a provocative new concept called 'the learning college,' which is designed to help students make passionate connections to learning. The book describes in detail the six key principles that form the definition and character of a learning college. Emerging models of this concept are already in place at a handful of community colleges, and six of these pioneering institutions share their initial journeys in this book. O'Banion provides a practical guide for community college leaders who are preparing their institutions to enter the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

NACADA Journal
Advisors at community colleges may find it helpful in understanding the climate and direction of educational reform. A major strength of this book is that the author defines his terms, provides examples, and cites relevant theoretical and empirical connections throughout the book....As student demographics and technology continue to change, this book serves as an excellent resource for all individuals involved in higher education, not limited to community college educators. Further support for this book comes from Patricia Cross, who notes in the book preface 'this book captures a vision waiting to be put into action.' The resources mentioned here can serve as valuable guides for other college and university presidents who are working to ensure that their instutitions are better prepared to meet tomorrow's challenge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573561136
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/16/1997
  • Series: American Council on Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

TERRY O'BANION is president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, Mission Viejo, California, and author of numerous books and articles on community college issues.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Trimming the Branches of a Dying Tree 1
Ch. 2 The Student Is First 19
Ch. 3 Back to the Future 41
Ch. 4 How Firm a Foundation: The Promise of Technology 63
Ch. 5 How Firm a Foundation: Learning Research, Outcome Measures, and Learning Organizations 81
Ch. 6 The Journey of Transformation for Sinclair Community College 104
Ch. 7 Emerging Models of the New Paradigm at Jackson Community College 127
Ch. 8 Lane Changes: Transformation at Lane Community College 150
Ch. 9 Becoming a Learner-Centered College System at Maricopa 167
Ch. 10 The Palomar College Experience 189
Ch. 11 The Community College of Denver Creates a Climate for Learning 211
Ch. 12 Launching a Learning College 225
Index 251
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