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Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide. Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. & Gerardo E. de los Santos National Science Foundation Symposium Estrella Mountain Community College April 27-28, 2001. Overview. Dramatic Change Digital Divide Digging In
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Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. & Gerardo E. de los SantosNational Science Foundation SymposiumEstrella Mountain Community CollegeApril 27-28, 2001
Nielsen/Net Ratings; Newsweek
Newsweek; U.S. Department of Commerce; Forrester; Dertouzos
*K.C. Green, 2000
“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 the
haves and have nots.”
--Department of Commerce for Telecommunications August 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 & COO League for Innovation November/December 2000
*Federal Computer Week, July 1999
Current and Future Demographic Shifts Indicate a Significant Increase in Community College Enrollments
1. Community colleges should review the curriculum and pedagogies used in the classroom to ensure that all students develop technology literacy and the ability to adapt quickly to change
2. Community colleges should develop strategic plans to enhance and continuously improve the issue of technology in learning and teaching processes
3. Community colleges should provide opportunities for all members of the faculty and staff to use computers, the Internet, and other emerging technologies
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