Emerging Issues at
Community Colleges
Todd W. Jorns
Senior Director for Educational Technology
Illinois Community College Board
The #1 English speaking
country in the world will soon
be?
China!
China has more honor
students...
than the U.S. has
students
Challenge Areas
• Students
• Academics
• Funding
• Technology
Student Challenges
A Vision of Students Today
Millennials Are
• Digital Natives • Achieving
• Sheltered
• Conventional
• Confident
• Influential
• Team-Oriented • Sociable
Other Characteristics
• Technology & multi-tasking are a way of
life
• Trial & error is their key learning
strategy (Nintendo logic)
• They are used to bits & bytes, flash &
color
• They are racially & ethnically diverse
• They have zero tolerance for delays
Millennial’s Cubical - no delays!
Interactivity
• Engage with wireless & mobile
technologies
• Teach with technology & the Internet
• Combine your customer service model
for admissions, registration, records,
cashier, financial aid and technical
questions to a single point of contact
Academic Challenges
Half of our first-time, full-time
students...
take remedial courses.
Illinois spends $80 million
annually on remediation!
The top 10 jobs that will be in
demand in 2010...
didn’t exist in 2004
According to the Department
of Labor, today’s college
students...
will have between 10 and 14
jobs...
by age 38!
Before they fill a job,
employers now ask...
Can a computer do it
faster?
Can someone overseas
do it cheaper?
st
21
Century Job Skills
• Are They Really Ready to
Work?
• Collaborative study by the Conference
Board, the Partnership for 21st Century
Skills, and other partners.
• Interviewed 400 U.S. employers
• Report released in October 2006
The Report’s Findings
• The future workforce is illprepared.
• Incoming generation lacking in
some needed workplace skills.
• Basic Academic skills
• Advanced Applied skills
Are They Really Ready to Work? - Report
Basic Knowlege/Skills
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English Language
Reading
Comprehension
Writing in English
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Government/Economics
Humanities
Foreign Languages
History/Geography
Mathematics
Are They Really Ready to Work? - Report
Applied Skills
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Critical Thinking
Oral Communications
Written Communications
Teamwork/Collaboration
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Leadership
Creativity/Innovation
Lifelong Learning
Ethics/Social
Responsibility
Information Technology
Applications
Are They Really Ready to Work? - Report
Future Workplace
Skills
• Foreign Languages - number one
Basic Knowledge area increasing in
importance (63%)
• Creativity/Innovation - among the top
five Applied Skills to increase in
importance (75%)
Are They Really Ready to Work? - Report
Emerging Content
Areas
• Make appropriate choices concerning
health and wellness (76.1%)
• Exercise personal financial
responsibility (71.5%)
• Understand economic issues and the
role of business in the U.S. and
global economy (60.6%)
Are They Really Ready to Work? - Report
League for Innovation
• Learning and the Road Ahead
- Monograph - 2007
• Gerardo E. de los Santos, President &
CEO of the League for Innovation
• Mark David Milliron, President & CEO
of Catalyze Learning International
• Surveyed 800 community college
CEOs
Learning Swirl
• Students continue to “swirl” in and out of
learning experiences.
• Students are matching their changing
learning needs with colleges’ expanding
learning options.
• Is your institution keeping pace?
Learning and the Road Ahead - Monograph
Learning Needs
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91% of CEOs think there will be a greater
need for Public Service Workers (teachers,
nurses, police officers, EMTs).
87% think a significant emphasis will be
placed on Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math (STEM) programs.
82% of CEOs don’t think the number of
Certificate Programs will decrease.
Learning and the Road Ahead - Monograph
Funding Challenges
Community colleges serve
74.5% of our post-secondary
students...
but receive only 14.1% of
state education dollars.
Illinois spends an average of...
$7,700/yr - university student
$5,567/yr - K-12 student
$1,570/yr - community college student
ICCB’s annual budget has
not increased since...
2002
when a gallon of gas
cost $1.11
Technology Challenges
We are currently preparing
students for jobs that don’t
yet exist...
using technologies that
haven’t yet been invented...
in order to solve problems
we don’t even know are
problems yet.
Learning Technology
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93% of CEOs think web-based tools will
increasingly be used as a key part of
student services.
89% don’t think their use of online courses
will decrease.
93% think they will expand their offerings of
blended/hybrid courses.
Learning and the Road Ahead - Monograph
Learning Technology
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93% of CEOs think student expectations will
drive even greater technology use.
93% think mobile learning strategies
(wireless tablet PCs, ipods, PDAs, and cell
phones) will be increasingly used.
62% think their institutions will explore using
digital gaming in courses, outreach, or both.
Learning and the Road Ahead - Monograph
Technology’s
Ignorance
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Only does what we tell (program) it to do
Doesn’t care about age, gender, race,
economic background, intelligence, etc.
Doesn’t know or care if being used or
abused
Will continue to get better & expand uses
Microcomputer or Computerwave?
Technology’s Impact
• Multiple learning styles impacted
(PowerPoint, blogs, podcasts, vodcasts,
etc.)
• Students with disabilities (text readers,
voice recognition, etc.)
• Communication mobility (laptops, PDAs,
iPods, cell phones, etc.)
• Learning Anytime, Anywhere (online
learning) - Everywhere, Every time?
Windows 2011
Technology’s Importance
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21st century workers will need left-brain
analytic skills along with right-brain abilities
Teach processes, not just facts
Teach with games and computer simulations
Allow students to research subject areas of
personal interest
Are 21st Century Skills Right Brain Skills? - Article
Scary?
Frightening!
Think Different
Acknowledge Changes and Accept Challenges!
Resources
• Are They Really Ready to Work?
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www.conferenceboard.org/publications/describe.cfm?id=1
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• Learning and the Road Ahead
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Gerardo E. de los Santos & Mark David
Milliron
www.league.org/store/catalog.htm?
Resources
• Are 21st Century Skills Right
Brain Skills?
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Doug Johnson, Director of Media and
Technology for the Mankato Public
Schools
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/columnists/johnson/jo
hnson006.shtml
Resources
• A Vision of Students Today YouTube video
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A cultural anthropology professor let his
students collaborate electronically to
give us a glimpse into their world
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vy
R9o&feature=user
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