ERIC Number: ED394437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
Reference Count: N/A
Coordination and Competition in Postsecondary Distance Education: A Comparative Case Study of Statewide Policies.
Epper, Rhonda Martin
A study examined the experiences of three states (Minnesota, Maine, Colorado) concerning the development of distance education at the postsecondary level, and the implications of each state's public policy approach. The study's principal objective was to better understand the forces for coordination and competition in state systems of higher education by examining state policies and structures for distance education, and secondarily, to combine higher education and business conceptual models to explain changes brought about by technology. Data were gathered from planning and policy documents on distance education in the state higher education executive officers' libraries and from interviews with 10-15 key informants in each state. Data analysis reduced the information to case study form. The three case studies are presented here, as are findings and policy implications concerning distance education and competition, structures, and statewide coordination. The paper concludes that coordination and competition can and must co-exist, that careful consideration of the economic and organizational decisions needed is crucial to success, and that states and institutions are responding to new market demands. (Contains 44 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Colorado; Maine; Minnesota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).