Guiding Principles


The faculty and staff at all Michigan community colleges will have the opportunity to demonstrate their capacity to contribute to academic, training and service programming of the collaborative and to receive training and support to improve their capacity to contribute.

Each Michigan community college will have the opportunity to access programming from other participating community colleges to its campus and to learners within its traditional service area.

The collaborative will be designed to serve traditional community college students as well as those who are not served by the existing system, but who need what community colleges have to offer, including those who are bound by: geography, physical handicap, time constraints or technology deprivation and/or any combination of the above.

The collaborative will utilize the capacity of all available technologies to deliver programming and services but the focus for the future will be clearly placed upon those with the greatest capacity to remove barriers to opportunity.

The collaborative will place a clear emphasis on competency-based programming as opposed to seat-time.

The collaborative will serve as a facilitator of cooperation among community colleges, in the development and delivery of more convenient, higher quality learning opportunities for all Michiganians who have an interest in what community colleges have to offer.

The collaborative will focus on the design of learning opportunities that are affordable, high quality, accessible, and appropriate to need.

The collaborative will be based upon a business plan which demonstrates the capacity for financial independence and viability over the long term.

The collaborative will embrace the traditional and primary missions of the community college including workforce training, transfer preparation, and life-long learning.

The collaborative as an entity will not become a source of course or program generation, but will build upon the strengths of the participating community colleges.

The collaborative will foster the use of advanced telecommunications and either establish or reaffirm existing standards and protocols within the community and state.

The collaborative infrastructure, both human and technological, will be flexible enough to enable growth, transition, and enhancement.

The collaborative shall be designed to be flexible and scalable to accommodate changes in technology and will incorporate means of ongoing evaluation of its effectiveness