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Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide. Gerardo E. de los Santos League for Innovation in the Community College. Overview. Dramatic Change Digital Divide Digging In Dedication to Education. Dramatic Change.
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Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridgingthe Digital Divide
Nielsen/Net Ratings; Newsweek; NUA
Newsweek; U.S. Department of Commerce; Forrester; Dertouzos
“In the next 50 years, schools and universities will change more and more drastically than they have since they assumed their present form more than 300 years ago when they organized themselves around the printed book.”Dramatic Change
*K.C. Green, 2001; NUA
“America’s Digital Divide is fast becoming a ‘racial ravine.’ It is now one of America’s leading economic and civil rights issues and we have to take concrete steps to redress the gap between thehaves and have nots.”
--Department of Commerce for Telecommunications August 1999
*Federal Computer Week, July 1999
“The lack of technology access and skills puts disadvantaged members of our society increasingly at risk of becoming disenfranchised spectators of a digital world that is passing them by, bit by bit.”
--Milliron and Miles, CEO & VP League for Innovation November/December 2000
Current and Future Demographic Shifts Indicate a Significant Increase in Community College Enrollments
African American 298,957 370,393
Native American 20,673 36,214
Asian Pacific Islander 100,358 194,984
Hispanic 218,358 517,746
White Non-Hispanic 1,653,122 1,649,491
TOTAL 2,292,031 2,768,828
2. Community colleges should develop strategic plans to enhance and continuously improve the issue of technology in learning and teaching processes
4. Community Colleges should seek relationships with technology partners in their local business communities who will directly and indirectly benefit from technologically literate employee prospects
5. Community Colleges should facilitate explorations of how the issues of growing minority enrollments, limited access to technology, and increasing requirements for technology and change savvy will likely impact them in the future
6. Community Colleges should strengthen their occupational and other short-cycle offerings to continue to prepare their growing number of information technology workers needed in the new economy
7. Community Colleges should create venues, on their own or with partners, where all students can access computers and the Internet on and off campus.
8. Community Colleges should work with K-12 school systems to facilitate the professional development of teachers in the use of technology in learning and teaching processes
“The current and future health of America’s 21st Century economy depends directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of literacy—’21st Century Literacy’—that includes strong academic skills, thinking, reasoning, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.”--21st Century Workforce Commission, 2000