Community colleges around the world are leading
the Learning Revolution in higher education. In their efforts to
become more learning-centered institutions they are changing the
traditional architecture of education and transforming the community
college for the twenty-first century.
In response to this rapidly-expanding revolution,
the League for Innovation in the Community College has created the
Learning Initiative to assist community colleges in developing practices,
programs, and policies that will place learning at the heart of
the education enterprise. Initial grants from
League partners Microsoft, Compaq, TechnoMarketing, Educational
Testing Service, and PeopleSoft provide funds for the following
Publication in September of Developing Professional Fitness,
the first "Cross Paper" by Senior League Fellow K. Patricia
Cross with support from Educational Testing Service.
Publication in October of a monograph on The Learning Revolution:
A Guide for Community Colleges with support from PeopleSoft.
Creation of "The Technology and Learning Community" (TLC), an
interactive online forum exploring the use of information technology
in the community college sponsored by Microsoft, Compaq, and
Presentation on January 29, 1998, of an interactive video conference
on "The Learning Revolution" produced by the Dallas County Community
College District featuring Sinclair Community College and Maricopa
Community Colleges. The videoconference was sponsored by PBS
Adult Learning Service and the League for Innovation in cooperation
with the American Council on Education and the American Association
of Community Colleges.
Publication beginning in January 1998 of a series of monthly
articles on "The Learning Revolution" in Community College Week
to be featured on a monthly Internet Bulletin Board sponsored
by PBS Adult Learning
Service. Sponsorship of a new national conference Innovations
1998 to premiere in Dallas, June 28-July 1, 1998, featuring
special sessions on the Learning Revolution including a live
satellite National Town Meeting on the Learning College featuring
League President Terry O'Banion and hosted by John Merrow.
In addition to these initial activities, the League
plans to publish other monographs and studies on various aspects
of the Learning Revolution and is exploring funding for a major
project to work with a small group of community colleges to assist
them in becoming more learning-centered institutions. The Learning
Initiative is expected to achieve the same international status
that has already been achieved by the Leagues
Leadership Initiative, Information Technology
Initiative, and Workforce Initiative.