ERIC Number: ED219048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of College Closings. ASHE Annual Meeting 1982 Paper.
Miller, James L., Jr.; Erwin, J. Michael
A model for the analysis of college closing is tested and illustrated using the existing literature of college closings. Since the literature on college closing provided little analysis or material upon which theory might be developed, attention was directed to the work that has been done on the somewhat parallel subject of the closing of industrial plants. Erwin and Gordus's model of industrial plant closing was revised and expanded. The model assumes a sequential process through time that roughly approximates a series of four overlapping stages. The first stage includes the environmental and organizational factors that must be assessed in order to determine the basis on which the closing decision is made. In the second stage, the focus is on who makes the decision to close and what, if any, related decisions are made on how to close. In the third stage, the response to the college closing is isolated and examined. A key component of this stage is the organization's response to closing or closing programs. The model dictates the examination of interrelationships within stages as well as among stages. In the fourth stage, the focus is upon how individuals, organizations, and external groups are affected by a closing. The model's elements are examined in detail and the existing literature on college closings is reviewed within a framework provided by the model. It is concluded that there is a need for research that will test the model against reality, use the model to examine college closings, and in general provide a fuller description and explanation of the process. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 2-3, 1982).