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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Challenge and Opportunity

Canada’s Community Colleges at the Crossroads

This book provides a critical analysis of the most significant developments in the college systems in every province and territory since 1895. With contributions by leading scholars, it addresses such topics as leadership, entrepreneurship, new forms of organization, accountability, instructional methodology, the emergence of a college culture, and education of First Nations students. Key questions are explored. How are differences in collective and individual interests to be managed? How can social, economic, and demographic realities be taken into account in managing the “intangible capital” of education? What are the best ways of ensuring opportunities for education, training, flexibility, and varied access and mobility within higher education systems?

295 pages

Table of Contents



1 Community College Development in Canada since 1985

2 The Challenge of Leadership

3 Organization and Function in Postsecondary Education

4 Organizational Culture and Community Colleges

5 Values in the Canadian Community College: Conflict and Compromise

6 A Matter of Survival: Emerging Entrepreneurship in Community Colleges in Canada

7 Aboriginal Education in Community Colleges

8 Accountability: Mission Impossible?

9 The DACUM Technique and Competency-Based Education

10 Promise Fulfilled, Promise Pending



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