ERIC Number: ED211523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
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Reorganizing Instructional Delivery to Survive the Eighties: Coping with Resource Reductions and Accountability Increases.
Heger, Herbert K.
Education is in a period of increasing obligation to produce in a period of decreasing resources. Colleges, gradually adjusting to this situation, are undergoing changes in both staffing and administration. Three categories of change in small amd medium-sized higher education institutions that are likely to occur in the next few years are: (1) contracting for noneducational services; (2) academic cooperation by franchise; and (3) the decline of teaching duties. More support services are being subcontracted by small colleges and universities. There is a trend toward divesting to an outside supplier any function which is not educational. A pattern of multi-institutional cooperation is emerging, where colleges with strong programs franchise degrees in those programs to other institutions that need them. The use of adjunct professors who are appointed for specific purposes and who are restricted by length of appointment and type of duties is increasing. In the face of these changes, three value positions will make it possible for small colleges to survive with academic honor. The first value is a recognition that the purpose of the school is to enable people to learn, and whatever the delivery system used, the learning of the students is the first priority. Second, the function of granting credits and degrees that indicate learning success is paramount, and involves the faculty in the decision-making and evaluating process. Finally, delivery of educational services must at all times be cost effective. (JD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, College Role, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Organizational Change, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, Small Colleges, Social Change
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposiam "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).