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The Illinois Community College System has charted a course for the 21st century that responds to both the individual and community education needs. This plan, named Vision 2000, is the culmination of regional town meetings which clarified five educational goals. It offers liberal arts and sciences programs, occupational programs, developmental programs, and public service programs. The first theme of the town meeting was teaching and learning. It was agreed that the Illinois community college system should focus on the individual needs of the students, awareness of latest teaching methods and effective staff development programs, the teaching/learning process should utilize the latest technology, and give attention to curriculum development. Additionally, the Illinois community college system should take a leadership role in the workforce, and become an active participant in the Federal school-to-work program. The second theme was student access and opportunity. Town meeting participants agreed that cooperation between community colleges and other higher education institutions is necessary, along with appropriate assessment, remediation, advisement, and low cost. The third theme, accountability, was determined to require a common statewide definition of indicators, locally driven measures, resources for accountability initiatives, and focus on student satisfaction. Theme four, community, can benefit from cooperative relationships among colleges, partnerships with business, and collaboration among colleges. Theme five, resources, can be acquired through coalitions of faculty, students, staff, and the private sector. Appendices include a listing of town meeting participants and other contributors, and a list of the Illinois Community Colleges' board, council, and association members. (YKH)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Meetings, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges

Illinois Community College Board, 509 South Sixth Street, Suite 400, Springfield, IL 62701-1874; phone: (217)785-0123.

Autor: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.


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