A Learning College for the 21st Century

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, May 16, 1997 - Education - 280 pages
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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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Contents

Trimming the Branches of a Dying Tree
1
The Student is First
19
Back to the Future
41
How Firm a Foundation The Promise of Technology
63
How Firm a Foundation Learning Research Outcome Measures and Learning Organizations ...
81
The Journey of Transformation for Sinclair Community College
104
Emerging Models of the New Paradigm at Jackson Community College
127
Lane Changes Transformation at Lane Community College
150
Becoming a LearnerCentered College System at Maricopa
167
The Palomar College Experience
189
The Community College of Denver Creates a Climate for Learning
211
Launching a Learning College
225
Index
251
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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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