Community Colleges, the Future, & SPOD

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Editor: Richard J. Brass
Description: Here are insights into the distant future by Community College administrators. Edited by Richard J. Brass, Community Colleges, The Future, & SPOD focuses primarily on three issues: educators as futurists and advocates, the implications of electronic technology for community colleges and SPOD, and the institutionalization of SPOD. It gives the uninitiated insight into the methods and purposes of futurists thinking and how it is best applied to education. It is probably best suited to college administrators to stimulate creative planning. (*Staff, Program, & Organization Development)
  1. Section One—Community College Challenges: Various Perspectives<
    1. Twenty-Four Questions About the Future
      Lynn H. Willett
      "What wine and cheese would be best for our trip into the future?" Questions forged while attending a futures conference. Stimuli for getting our brains "reved up" and tuned.
    2. Toward Excellence From a SPOD Perspective
      Duane D. Anderson
      SPOD professionals as key agents guiding us through the third major transformational change in the 80+ year history of two-year postsecondary education.
    3. Focusing on the "Right" Questions
      Vernon R. Pickett
      Presidents and other college leaders must pay attention to a multiplicity of pressures and forces. These are of two types: those of an immediate, specific, operational nature and those of along-range nature emanating from major societal change. Special attention must be given to the latter.
    4. The Community College as a Future-Oriented Community Learning System
      Neal A. Norris
      Education is called on to assist society in successfully transversing a difficult course of pervasive change in values and perspective. Simultaneously, it must do this for itself.
    5. Diary of the Development of a College/Community Futures Network
      G. Edward Haring and Lynn H. Willett
      How can your college get a "grip" on the future to help it focus mission and objectives and avoid obsolescent programming? One answer may be to create a local futures network.
    6. Building Excellence In Your College
      Geraldine A. Evans
      In responding to and meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow, eight issues are important for local colleges to remember.
    7. The Community College Challenge for the Future: A State Agency Viewpoint
      David R. Pierce and Ann Kieffer Bragg
      Curriculums must put forth a two-pronged overall response in order to shape and adapt to the future. What are the requisite changes local colleges and state agencies must accomplish?
    8. Putting America Back To Work: Post-Industrial Society, Community Colleges, the Future, and Implications for SPOD
      Don C. Garrison
      Three primary programmatic thrusts are called for to respond effectively to our "new world," our changed reality. "The future of the American community/technical college, to a major degree, depends on just how successful SPOD is in the remaining years of the present decade."
    9. Organizational Development and the Future: Designing Organizational Structures to Match the Changing Mission of the Community College
      Del A. Shepard
      ". . . the structural make-up of the institution must be molded to fit the direction of the future." Take four questions seriously.
    10. Student Services Programs: A Second Look
      Eleanor Ott
      "The integration of human development elements into the main stream of the instructional process is an absolute necessity if we hope to preserve what has been described as our greatest natural resource, human productivity."
    11. Hawaii's Community College's Hui Kukakuka
      Joyce Tsunoda and Maruin Veregge
      Hawaii's staff development system grew out of the determination of the staff at all levels to improve the quality of their own performance. Can Hawaii's experience serve as a model for the rest of us?
    12. The Impact of Educational Technology on Staff Development Programs
      Bill F. Stewart
      High technology telecommunication systems deliver staff development programming for the whole person, the college staff as well as for staff of other organizations in the community.
  2. Section Two—Advocacy, Predictions, and Aspirations: Future Trends Commission Foci
    1. Shaping the Future: Educators As Futurists and Advocates
      Patricia C. Brams
      SPOD professionals and other educators need to acquire the mindset and skills with which to address the future. As change agents, they need to construct communication plans/advocacy strategies to impact and shape the future.
    2. E1ectronic Technology and the Community College: Implications for SPOD
      Courtney D. Peterson
      "A genuine SPODer must be a futurist, with an ability to function in a world of constant flux and change. The challenges and opportunities for SPODers working in such a period of transition are limitless . . . only by accepting uncertainty as a constant companion will individuals and institutions remain adaptable enough to survive the rites of passage into the 21st century."
    3. Institutionalization: A Step Into The Future
      Roland Terrell
      In order for SPOD to survive, much less to assertively and effectively accomplish its agenda and purpose within the college, it must become "institutionalized. " We need to implement a strategic plan to accomplish this. "The future is literally in our hands . . . "
Details: 1984 [ISBN: 0-913507-01-6; 162 pages soft cover; 6-by-9-inch]