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This paper reviews two of the major issues affecting community colleges, funding and governance, examining them from a systems perspective--specifically in relation to selected theories of organizational learning disabilities and systems archetypes. The first section of the paper provides background on funding and governance issues as they relate to California community colleges. The second and third sections apply Peter Senge's theories of organizational learning disabilities and systems archetypes to actual examples of funding and governance. Two major system issues in funding involve: (1) the external, such as state and federal funding policies, over which colleges feel they have little control; and (2) the internal, regarding the systems colleges develop to allocate resources over which they do have control. In governance, the colleges have in place a system-shared governance that can provide the philosophical basis and practical means of creating a true learning organization. However, participants often have not received the training necessary to make shared governance as effective a decision-making process as it could be. The paper concludes with the assertion that the systems theory approach can be very beneficial in aiding a complex community college system like California's change from a teaching to a learning organization. Contains 11 references. (SJL)

Descriptors: College Administration, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Governance, Learning, Organizational Theories, Systems Approach, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Robles, Harriett J.


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