ERIC Number: ED254031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Dean's Grant Program: An Approach to Academic Change in Higher Education. Final Program Report.
Covert, Angela Manetti
An onsite study of two major program areas (faculty development and curriculum revision) in a national sample of 11 Dean's Grant Program projects sought to increase understanding of how academic innovation and change occur in higher education, and the processes for effectively managing change. Case study methodology was used, and data were obtained from multiple sources, includng document review, consultations, and interviews. Data were analyzed qualitatively, both within-site and cross-site. It was reported that faculty were increasingly aware of and knowledgeable about P.L. 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act) and, to a lesser extent, had more positive attitudes toward education of the handicapped, and that teacher preparation curricula were being revised to incorporate content on the handicapped largely through infusion of content into already existing courses. Factors which affected the implementation-and-change process were explored in the areas of (1) project leadership and management, and (2) culture and context (institutional features and characteristics). Modifying the incentive-and-reward system for faculty was described as a key strategy in effecting academic innovation and change. (JW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deans Grants Program
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Fordham University.