Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
John R. Thelin
This study analyzes the Committee on the Future of the Virginia Community College System and its report, Toward the Year 2000: The Future of the Virginia Community College System, to determine if the committee product is an effective report that identified pertinent issues and is still used as a basis for planning. Research on the role of commission work in higher education indicates a dearth in scholarship about the subject. This study is conducted through an ethnographic examination of the committee process and an hermeneutic study of the report. Janet Johnson and Laurence Marcus' (1986) model for commission effectiveness is utilized to test the committee's impact. Through its application to the VCCS committee and report, additional elements of commission effectiveness have been identified.;Evidence from this study indicates that the committee's charrette process was expedient and effective for garnering input. Similarly, Toward the Year 2000 proved to have identified many pertinent planning issues for the VCCS through the 1990s which have not been derailed by subsequent higher education planning efforts in Virginia.
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Crowther, Elizabeth Hinton, "Wishlist or reality? The Committee on the Future of the Virginia Community College System and its report, "Toward the Year 2000"" (1994). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539618899.