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Although community colleges both in Arizona and throughout the United States are well-placed for the future, serious challenges do exist. Property taxes, the primary vehicle for funding in Arizona, face an uncertain future, while the advent of the Internet and the imminent availability of interactive cable television raise questions about how learning will be delivered in the future. These and other forces suggest that community colleges will be called on to adapt considerably by the year 2010. The colleges will most likely be called upon to perform additional services and provide a much wider array of instructional services to students as the percentage of students receiving instruction and services via nontraditional means will increase significantly. In addition, cooperation with universities will have increased to the point that colleges will be offering baccalaureate degrees, including a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree, as part of their regular offerings. Changes can also be expected with respect to graduation requirements, with the achievement of specified competencies replacing the completion of specific semester hours, and funding mechanisms, with formulas shifting from enrollment-based to performance-based models. To plan for these changes, colleges should differentiate between faculty roles as designers, deliverers, or mentors; expand the role of student services; and increase communication technology to meet future distance learning needs. (HAA)

Descriptors: College Planning, College Role, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Futures (of Society), Graduation Requirements, Long Range Planning, Student Personnel Services, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges

Author: Puyear, Don


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