ERIC Number: ED220928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Case for Changing Public Policy.
Watson, Norman E.
Traditional ways of dealing with personnel, with reporting procedures, and with funding mechanisms will require close study to ascertain the extent to which they assist or obstruct community colleges' abilities to fully utilize recently developed electronic technology for educational purposes. This document considers how California community colleges seeking to change with the times have had to address difficulties created by legislative, policy, or administrative regulations. Assumptions that community colleges were essentially 2-year extensions of secondary schooling had to be changed so that attendance and student supervision regulations could be modified to allow instruction through technological media. A slow process of revising laws and regulations followed. The author concludes from an examination of these developments in California that (1) current laws and regulations contain archaic provisions that will continue to impede progress; (2) modifications in public policy must continue if community colleges are to remain innovative and flexible institutions; and (3) external vigilance is essential to prevent the proliferation of simple-minded regulatory solutions to complex policy questions. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Bureaucracy, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Policy Formation, Two Year Colleges
Not available separately; see EA 014 833.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Rules and Regulations
Note: In: Technology and Education: Policy, Implementation, Evaluation. Proceedings of the National Conference on Technology and Education (January 26-28, 1981). For related documents, see EA 014 833.