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Advancing the regional role of two-year colleges

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New directions for community colleges ; no. 157, Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco, p.131 (2012)

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Cubb LB2328 .N4 NO.157



Community colleges, Junior colleges, Postsecondary education


Contents: Regionalizing postsecondary education for the twenty-first century: promising innovations and capacity challenges / L. Allen Phelps -- Reanimating the vital center: challenges and opportunities in the regional talent development pipeline / John Austin -- Building regional economic growth and innovation capacity / H. Jeffrey Rafn -- Learning and the new workplace: impacts of technology change on postsecondary career and technical education / Janet L. Washbon -- Leveraging workforce development and postsecondary education for low-skilled, low-income workers: lessons from the Shifting Gears Initiative / Debra Bragg, Laura Dresser, Whitney Smith -- Illinois Innnovation Talent Project: implications for two-year institutions / Jason A. Tyszko, Robert G. Sheets -- Learning to innovate in twenty-first century community colleges: searching for the general education niche in two-year colleges / Todd C. Lundberg -- Community college/research university collaboration: emerging student research and transfer partnerships / L. Allen Phelps, Amy Prevost -- A framework and strategies for advancing change and innnovation in two-year colleges / Christopher J. Matheny, Clifton Conrad.; Summary: In the midst of a challenging economic recovery, the nation's policy makers and education leaders are seeking new and potentially more effective strategies to align personal and public educational investments with job creation, increased levels of employment, small business development, and entrepreneurial acitvity. Reaching the 2020 national college completion goal will require powerful and fully implemented innovations in two-year colleges, particularly in states and regions where economic difficulties are more deeply entrenched. Grounded in the Midwest context, this issue examines several promising policies and innovations that re-envision the role of two-year colleges in developing regional rather than local solutions to the emerging economic and educational challenges.

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