ERIC Number: ED022428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Managing the Future: Some Practical Suggestions.
Eurich, Alvin C.
To prepare for the future, colleges can make effective plans in the areas of goals, the instruction process, finances, and management. It is necessary first to establish priorities among purposes which are specific enough to be readily translatable into actual policies and programs. As societal needs change, so should the institutional aims. To maintain momentum and direction, a strong administration is required, but all elements of the academic community should join in developing purposes. Before teaching and learning commence, the aims of instruction should be mutually understood by professor and student. Technological teaching aids can enhance the learning process by increasing the individuality and flexibility of the curriculum. Because of grave financial difficulties, the survival of private education is in doubt. Long range budget planning could alleviate some of the pinch and ultimately improve the quality of learning. The root problem of the future, management, should be aggressively confronted by the establishment on every major campus of an Office for Planning and Development, headed by an administrative vice president. The broad role of this Office would be not merely to predict but to shape the future course of the institution. Because capable staff are hard to locate, a professional agency should consider establishing an internship training program in institutional planning. Regional training units or a national center will become increasingly desirable as the need for more comprehensively educated planners grows. (JS)
Descriptors: Administration, Agencies, Financial Policy, Higher Education, Instruction, Objectives, Planning, Prediction, Technology
American Council on Education, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington D.C. 20036
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at 51st Annual Meeting of American Council on Education, 1968; to be published in THE FUTURE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, John Caffrey, ed.