ERIC Number: ED349913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
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A Scottish Approach to the Challenge of Educational Change.
McLachlan, Jeffrey; Wood, Vivienne
This paper examines the adjustment of Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom) to educational change. Discussed are: the historical development of the school; Napier's role in today's higher education; the school's shift from external to internal quality control of Council for National Academic Awards courses; the school's adjustment in moving from external to internal quality control of Scottish National Vocational Education Council courses; and the development of internal and external quality control mechanisms. Further examined are the school's responses to market demand and the changes of demand by its customers--the students, the employers, and the professional bodies. Finally, the report traces the change in Napier's financial support and its response to that change as the school eventually shifted from being dependent solely on the government for financial support to receiving fee income and income generated through commercial activities channelled through its own company, Polyed. Appendices provide Napier's business school structure for the first-year, full time degree program prior to 1987; the school's common first-year examination/assessment procedures agreed to in 1987 and the exemption structure; an analysis, from 1984-1990, of Napier's examination performance in the three degrees of accounting, business studies, and commerce; and the overall ratings. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Napier College (Scotland); Scotland
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).