ERIC Number: ED418752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-2
Reference Count: N/A
Factor Patterns That Foster or Impede Distance Education in Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.
Baker, Ronald L.
A study was conducted to determine factors that foster or impede the development of distance education (DE) programs. A review of the literature related to transformation in higher education, technology and learning, and DE was conducted and the history of DE in the Washington State Community and Technical College System was reviewed. In addition, interviews were held with one administrator and one DE practitioner each at five community and technical colleges in Washington. Washington state and institutional documents related to DE were also reviewed. The study revealed the following: (1) the five major factors affecting the development of DE in the colleges were commitment to DE by institutional leaders, technological capacity, the operational and technological support available, faculty and department acceptance, and funding; (2) these five factors were dynamically and interdependently linked in a "whole" system that was greater than the sum of its parts; (3) DE in the community and technical colleges was best advanced by coordinating and balancing these factors, rather than by focusing on any single factor; and (4) factors that may potentially affect DE in the future include issues related to intellectual property, college governance, institutional contracts, state/institutional policies, and accreditation. Appendixes provide principles of good DE practice, a chronology of DE in Washington, a map of Washington technical and community colleges, and a consent form and interview guide. Contains 253 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Washington Community and Technical Colleges
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University.