Thursday, February 16, 2006


Utopia CC

I have an invitation for my readers.

I’m trying to design the perfect community college in words, to have a coherent position from which to evaluate the ones that actually exist. A goal for which to strive, if you will.

I’ve also learned that the collective wisdom of the blogsophere dwarfs my own.

So, the invitation:

Give a characteristic (or several) of the ideal community college.

Possible angles: what does it do? Who does it serve? How is it structured? How is it funded? How is it different from what’s out there now? What’s worth preserving? Who are the students? Who are the faculty? How/where does teaching occur? How does the college measure success at fulfilling its mission?

For the sake of discussion, let’s assume that the laws of physics still apply. So we can’t solve the parking problem with hovercrafts, or staff the security force with superheroes. That’s too easy.

Waddaya think?

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