ERIC Number: ED025994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Qualitative Planning: Beyond the Numbers Game.
Palola, Ernest G.; And Others
Higher education is facing unprecedented challenge and change in the form of 3 major crises: the "quantitative crisis" of rapid growth induced by a new commitment to universal higher education, the fiscal crisis brought about by greatly increased demands for state and local revenues to support higher education, and the "qualitative crisis" caused by the raising of fundamental questions by students, faculty, legislators and the public about the aims and purposes of higher education. One response to the quantitative and fiscal crises is the establishment of statewide coordinating agencies. Some colleges have responded to the qualitative crisis by instituting ends-oriented planning that includes the examination and determination of all major long-range policies concerning institutional functions and activities. Faculty participation in such planning is crucial. To identify how critical decisions made outside institutions affect their mission and role, a study was made of statewide planning in 4 states and 400 interviews of faculty and administrators active in the planning process were conducted. The extent and reasons for faculty involvement or lack of involvement were examined. Findings suggest that faculty reluctance to participate in planning may continue until: a broader definition of planning is adopted; organizational and professional recognition and encouragement are given to faculty efforts; and planning becomes a more effective instrument for change. The major flaw in planning now is the overemphasis given to means-oriented problems. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Identifiers: Center for Research and Devel in Higher Educ CA
Note: Article in The Research Reporter; v3 n2 1968