ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the Community
The Inquiry is investigating the strategic role colleges play in their communities and the added public value they can bring in leading adult learning provision and serving each of their local communities.
The Associationâ€™s submission â€˜Untapped potential: ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the Communityâ€™ draws on the 91 years of experience of the Association, which has seen the development of varied institutions that support adult learning in local communities as well as the experience gained from its membership of and role as â€˜Education Strand Leaderâ€™ for the Community Sector Coalition.
Part of the ECA response states that â€˜We believe that a target-driven funding and planning culture has restricted the potential that colleges can provide for the wide range of communities and since our members believe that colleges could do more, we would welcome and support any measures or initiatives to release the untapped potential for greater local and national leadershipâ€™.
Of the Inquiry, ECA Chair & CEO Bernard Godding says â€œIt comes at a critical time when NIACE is appointing its new Chief Executive, David Hughes, the current National Provider Services Director at the Skills Funding Agency, who has exceptional knowledge of both colleges and the voluntary sector. The ECA looks forward to working with NIACE to ensure that our 91 year experience at the heart of local communities and our more recent decade and a half as a leading member of the Community Sector Coalition helps to inform the future work of collegesâ€.
The Inquiry will report in November 2011.
To read â€˜Untapped potential: ECA response to the National Inquiry on Colleges in the communityâ€™ click here.
Date Added: March 24th 2011