ERIC Number: ED052766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun-1
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The Educational Development Officer: A Catalyst for Change in Higher Education.
Schultz, James; Winstead, Philip
This monograph describes a new type of college administrator, the educational development officer, proposed by the National Laboratory for Higher Education. NLHE developed the concept over the past 3 years with the aid of representatives from selected colleges and universities who have been serving as EDOs. It conceives the EDO as a senior level, highly professional administrator who would deal with the problems of bringing about constructive change and develop ways to cope with ever increasing complexities of higher education institutions. The monograph examines the concept, position and role of such a planned change specialist. It explores the theoretical bases of the role, places the functions within the framework of NLHE's Administrative and Organizational program, and suggests a model for implementing the concept. The discussion is based on a review of the literature on organizational change and development, planned change, internal and external change agents, and institutional innovation and reform. It is supplemented by information gained from structured interviews conducted with 31 senior college and university administrators, institutional development and change experts, and other educators. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: National Lab. for Higher Education, Durham, NC.