ERIC Number: ED187206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Implementing an Innovation in Higher Education: A Multi-Perspective Analysis. ASHE Annual Meeting 1980 Paper.
Eveslage, Sonja A.
This case study describes the introduction and consideration of a state board staff proposal that the more traditional Minnesota State Universities adopt external degree programs. A model for making practices congruent with policy decisions is presented. The process of examining the external degree proposal, beginning with the state board actions and later the campus activities, is detailed. The examination process at each of the four institutions had different outcomes. To summarize the major outcomes and facilitate comparison, the categories of perception, policies, and practices are summarized. Tables are presented that list by institution general impressions, policies, and practices on the four major characteristics addressed by the state board office proposal: substance, delivery, evaluation, and clientele. Data from the institutions are analyzed on a systems level, using a political systems approach. The internal processes are analyzed using a synthesis of diffusion, organizational development, and community power models. Hypotheses that will assist in specifying the variables affecting implementation of administratively initiated innovations are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Delivery Systems, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Models, Organizational Change, Political Science, Program Implementation, State Boards of Education, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting 1980; Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 4-5, 1980)