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Staying a Step Ahead: Higher Education Transforming North Carolina’s Economy Skills Expert Group Northern Ireland October 2006 H. Martin Lancaster President North Carolina Community College System Source: Presentation by Dr. Parker Chesson to State Board of Community Colleges, August 17, 2006
NCCCS and UNC – consider adding item regarding collaboration
UNC – review of mission of each institution, focusing on economic development role
NCCCS Mission September 2006 revisions in green
The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce , and improve the lives and well-being of individuals by providing:
Education, training and retraining for the workforce, including basic skills and literacy education, occupational and pre-baccalaureate programs.
Support for economic development through services to and in partnership with business and industry and in collaboration with the University of North Carolina System and private colleges and universities.
Services to communities and individuals which improve the quality of life.
No magic bullet for “economic transformation” – but, central role of education
Major gaps; teachers, nurses, computing
Must be nimble, collaborative , more risk-tolerant
Greatest asset – willingness to collaborate
Staying a Step Ahead: Higher Education Transforming North Carolina’s Economy H. Martin Lancaster, President North Carolina Community College System www.nccommunitycolleges.edu Source: Presentation by Dr. Parker Chesson to State Board of Community Colleges, August 17, 2006