Community colleges and market responsiveness: a conceptual analysis and proposed model

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Author: Adams, Jimmy L.; Edmonson, Stacey L.; Slate, John R.

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In this article, [the authors] explore the functions of the traditional community college and its expanding mission in regard to its responsiveness to changing economic conditions and workforce development needs. To date, few researchers have specifically addressed market responsiveness in community college settings across the United States. In addition, [the authors] introduce a model in which a comprehensive framework of the components and dimensions that comprise a market responsive institution is provided. Examining dimensions that characterize market responsive community colleges helps to deepen the theoretical and practical understanding of market responsiveness in two ways. First, it helps educators gain a greater understanding about the internal and external contexts in which community colleges operate. Second, it helps educators better understand how core institutional internal and external dimensions interact to create a market responsive environment. The proposed Model of Market Responsive Institutions can be used by community college leaders as a guide for understanding their internal and external context. In addition, community college leaders can use this model in identifying factors that support their ability be responsive in a constantly challenging and changing environment.

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In this article, [the authors] explore the functions of the traditional community college and its expanding mission in regard to its responsiveness to changing economic conditions and workforce development needs. To date, few researchers have specifically addressed market responsiveness in community college settings across the United States. In addition, [the authors] introduce a model in which a comprehensive framework of the components and dimensions that comprise a market responsive institution is provided. Examining dimensions that characterize market responsive community colleges ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Economics; Workforce development

Keywords: Community college; Institutional role; Institutional characteristic; Economic conditions

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Taylor and Francis, 2013

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Journal title: Community college journal of research and practice

Journal volume : 37

Journal number: 7

Journal date: July 2013

Pages: pp. 528-540

ISSN: 1066-8926; 1521-0413 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call Number:
TD/TNC 113.899



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