In the early 1990s,
community colleges, building on their student-centered and teaching-centered
values, began to add learning-centered values to their mission and
program statements. Many community colleges embraced the concept
of the Learning College which "places learning first and provides
educational experiences for learners anyway, anyplace, anytime."
Almost all the respondents (97 percent) to a 1997 survey of over
500 presidents of the League's Alliance for Community College Innovation
indicated that their institutions will move toward becoming more
learning centered in the next three to five years. Many community
colleges have made a commitment to become more learning centered,
a commitment that represents a significant dedication to changing
the traditional architecture of education.
In January 2000,
the League received a major grant to fund the Learning College Project,
a project designed to provide opportunities for intercollege collaboration
to help community colleges fulfill their commitment to learning-centered
education. The League received 94 applications in response to its
invitation to all community colleges in the U.S. and Canada to apply.
An international team of community college scholars and practitioners
well-versed in Learning College concepts evaluated the applications,
and 12 colleges were selected as Vanguard Learning Colleges. Ultimately,
the 12 colleges will become incubators and catalysts for the Learning
College concept for other educational institutions around the world.
The project is funded for the first three years, and the League
is committed to working with the 12 colleges over a five-year period
to achieve the purpose of the project.
Purpose of the
The purpose of the
Learning College Project is to assist community colleges in the
United States and Canada to become more learning centered by creating
a network of 12 Vanguard Colleges strongly committed to the Learning
College concept, whose efforts can serve as a basis for model programs
and best practices.
Culture. Each of the 12 colleges will cultivate an organizational
culture where policies, programs, practices, and personnel
support learning as the major priority.
Recruitment & Development. Each of the 12 colleges will
create or expand (a) recruitment and hiring programs to ensure
that new staff and faculty are learning centered and (b) professional
development programs that prepare all staff and faculty to
become more effective facilitators of learning.
Each of the 12 colleges will use information technology primarily
to improve and expand student learning.
Outcomes. Each of the 12 colleges will agree on competencies
for a core program of the college's choice, on strategies
to improve learning outcomes, on assessment processes to measure
the acquisition of the learning outcomes, and on means for
documenting achievement of outcomes.
Students. Each of the 12 colleges will create or expand learning=centered
programs and strategies to ensure the success of underprepared
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2002
Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges
Chavez, Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
G. de los Santos Jr., Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation
in the Community College; Research Professor, Arizona State University,
Patricia Cross, Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation
in the Community College; Professor of Higher Education, Emerita,
University of California, Berkeley
Giroux, Vice President Emeritus, Humber College; Adjunct Professor,
OISE/University of Toronto
H. McCabe, Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation in the
McClenney, President, Kingsborough Community College
David Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation in
the Community College
E. Roueche, Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair and Director, The
Community College Leadership Program, The University of Texas at
Sifferlen, President, Sinclair Community
Skolnik, William G. David Chair in Community College Leadership
and Director, Doctorate in Higher Education for Community College
Leaders, The University of Toronto
Sue Thornton, President, Cuyahoga Community College
Wilson, Vice President, Learning & Research, at
the League for Innovation in the Community College is Project Director.
O'Banion, President Emeritus of the League for Innovation
in the Community College and a Senior League Fellow, is Senior Consultant
to the Project.
Neil, Director, Membership Services, League for Innovation
in the Community College
Prather, Technology Specialist, League for Innovation
in the Community College