ERIC Number: ED394376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Statewide Telecommunications Task Force. Report and Recommendations.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
This report provides recommendations for a comprehensive telecommunications policy for Florida that focuses the state's technological resources on the accomplishment of specific educational goals. The recommendations are based on a review of the relevant literature, a survey of approximately 950 community college and university faculty, and a consultant's analysis of the state's telecommunication capabilities. The report outlines five broad principles to guide the state's efforts: (1) funding for technologically delivered instruction should be targeted toward courses and programs that will increase system capacity and ease access pressures; (2) increased educational opportunities brought about by technological innovation should not be limited to only those who can afford computers and other devices; (3) the state should lease access to telecommunications networks rather than develop them itself; (4) all future funding requests should specifically address how the resources will be used to address specific education goals; and (5) initiatives utilizing technologically delivered instruction should be able to demonstrate effectiveness in broadening access or enhancing academic performance through documented research. Twenty specific strategies to accomplish these principles are discussed. Four appendixes contain a copy of the consultant's report, survey data, membership of the Statewide Telecommunications Task Force, and relevant state legislation. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Financial Support, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, State Programs, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Telecommunications
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, 224 Collins Bldg., Dept. of Education, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.