Colleges need to focus more on student learning

June 2, 2009

Speaking at this week's Association of Canadian Community Colleges conference in Charlottetown, Sanford Shugart, president of Florida-based Valencia Community College, told delegates that the primary focus of community colleges must be on the relationship between the learner and the teacher. Shugart says colleges must foster what he calls a "culture of collaboration," noting that too many colleges place emphasis on student assessment, instructor productivity, and data collection. Technology can play a role in fostering collaboration, Shugart says. For example, Valencia uses the Web to get feedback from all facets of the community. Halifax Chronicle-Herald