Dennison (1995). Values in the Canadian Community College.

Dennison, J. D. (1995). Values in the Canadian Community College: Conflict and Compromise. In J. D. Dennison (Ed.), Challenge and Opportunity: Canada’s Community Colleges at the Crossroads (pp. 169-183). UBC Press.

College operations may be “judged by the values they espouse.” (p 169)

“Governments, in particular, as the major sponsors of the college idea, have always held a large stake in determining what they shall be an how they shall undertake their mission.” (p. 170)


“… employer organizations, unions, community agencies, ethnic and minority groups, local governments, and other components of the educational spectrum.” (p. 170)


“… internal constituencies, support staff, instructors, administrators, and students.” (p. 170)

Value sets:

“social justice, competence, and liberty … loyalty” (p. 170)

Competence can be called quality, where “meritocratic” principles are upheld (p. 171).

“… equality of student access, equality of treatment after admission, and equality of opportunity with respect to outcome.” (p. 171)

“… democratization of opportunity …” (p. 171)

Liberty can be characterized as “choice, initiative, innovation, criticism and variety.” (p. 171)

Colleges are expected to:

“… preparing students for citizenship, enhancing social opportunity …” (p. 172)

Dennison states:

“… the community college has borne the most responsibilty for the promotion of social justice.” (p. 173)

and again:

“… the role of social justice tends to fall, both by design and by default, upon community colleges.” (p. 179)

Ontario college value statement says:

“… should model for their communities the peaceful, equitable and viable world for which they educate.” (as cited in Dennison 1995)

Dennison seeks compromise:

“… seeking agreement on priorities …” (p. 175)

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