The content for this "Thurman Speaks" was generated from a discussion on an AzCentral.com blog.Comment from: Gerald8100 01/19/07 @ 15:45 I think the MCCCD is a 20th century institution that lacks 21st century leadership. Crow is morphing ASU into a 21st century university. Is the MCCCD morphing into a 21st century community college system? Comment from: Sharon Corea 01/20/07 @ 00:00 I can't say that I know. What would a 21st century community college system look like in your opinion? Comment from: Gerald8100 01/20/07 @ 06:40 Sharon asks... "What would a 21st century community college system look like in your opinion?" Huge question and I cannot answer given this tiny text area to type into. Here are some bullet-list items: + Drop tuition rates to almost zero. Most people cannot afford to be life-long learners. + Offer more 0- 1/2- and 1-credit courses. + Do more "Just-In-Time" instruction. + Cut the length of semesters by at least 50%. + Final grades (which are in the form of a letter) include written feedback as to why the grade was what it was. + Eliminate registration fees, but some course fees can be maintained. + Reduce the number of luddite-faculty. + Increase (from almost zero) the amount of inter-disciplinary study and instruction that occurs. + If a campus is going to have computers in the classrooms, then keep those computers working. If no class is in progress, then morph the computers in that classroom into a computer cluster and have them do some computing (gene sequencing, seti, whatever). It is amazing the amount of computing power wasted within the MCCCD. At one school the classroom computers seem to be replaced every three years (or so) even though they have done virtually no computing. + Morph the MCCCD into true learning communities. Walk around any of the 10 campuses on any Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you will "see" almost zero learning taking place. The campuses do offer summer classes, but during the summer months the campuses are grossly under utilized. I'd like to see the Valley of the Sun get to the point where if somebody wants to learn about something, they immediately think community college. + Make sure community college students are future-aware. + More... More... More...
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 20 January 2007