ERIC Number: ED072721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-15
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The Open University. A Preliminary Report.
Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, Boston.
Because of rapidly increasing college enrollments and a matching increase in tuition and other costs to students, this document presents a proposal for an open university to be created in the state of Massachusetts as an alternative to traditional higher education in the state. This study examines 13 principal components of this new university: (1) an appropriate method for determining goals of the university; (2) the target population and mechanisms for enrollment of students in the university; (3) the various themes that provide an adequate basis for educational development of students in the university; (4) the most propitious topics or courses with which to begin, and the availability of existing courses or materials; (5) the guidelines for establishing when a student has completed a course with sufficient proficiency for credit, or has earned a degree; (6) a scheme for effective instruction and guidance of students; (7) the requirements for facilities and geographical distribution of working centers; (8) the most efficient use of educational technology; (9) the guidelines for evaluation and assessment of the university; (10) fluctuation factors, such as enrollment; (11) the costs likely to be incurred in the short-term and the long-term; (12) the organizations that should participate in preparation of initial courses; and (13) the development of a timetable with emphasis on September 1972 as a possible starting date. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education, Boston.