ERIC Number: ED194972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of the Administrator as a Mediator in the Development and Implementation of Educational Policy.
Chang, Paul Min Phang
The development of an off-campus program at the Science University in Penang, Malaysia, is described in this paper. The author sees this development as a case in which administrators mediated successfully in the development and implementation of an educational policy. The program was designed to provide off-campus study opportunities for employed adults who, although qualified, cannot engage in full-time studies. Before initiating the program, relevant constraints were identified, including lack of library facilities, lack of qualified tutors, and distance. Identified resources were personnel, support of the ministry and state departments of education, facilities in schools and other public agencies, the mass media, and financial support. A number of approaches were offered to overcome the problems of the distance between the students and the university: teaching by correspondence, the use of cassettes, regional science centers in high schools, a self-help tutorial system, visits by faculty members, library services, and an annual three-week residence requirement. A structured management organization, run by the head of the Centre for Educational Studies, coordinates and administers the program. Courses are offered at three levels of academic study; at the third level, students are required to do full-time study on campus. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Role, Correspondence Study, Course Organization, Educational Policy, External Degree Programs, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Policy Formation, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Implementation
Not available separately; see EA 013 022.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Note: Published in "Canadian and Comparative Educational Administration" (EA 013 022). Based on a paper presented at the International Intervisitation Program in Educational Administration (4th, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, May 1980). For related documents, see EA 013 022-050.