This article presents a case study of a community college – Ivy Tech-Bloomington (IN) – to illustrate challenges faced by postsecondary institutions around the world. Ivy Tech-Bloomington has faced reduced state funding and increased pressure to emphasize the instrumental value of education – namely, “workforce development” – with constructive responses that diverge in many ways from dominant trends in higher education. Inspired by a vision of serving the common good, of helping those students most likely to fail, and valuing the role of the arts and humanities, the leadership of Ivy Tech-Bloomington has accomplished many of its goals in an otherwise hostile climate. It has been able to do so by skillfully employing a logic and language understandable to state officials and education system administrators, but grounded in a distinctly different set of values. The campus leadership also has been able to mobilize public support for its strategic initiative.
Whikehart, John and Arnove, Robert F.
"Innovating in Higher Education -- Challenges and Responses within a Conservative Context,"
International Journal of Leadership and Change:
1, Article 3.
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