ERIC Number: ED076184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Changing a Community College.
Lake, Dale G.; Callahan, Daniel M.
During the academic year 1970-71 a major organization change effort was undertaken in a community college in the New York State system. This change effort represents a unique combination of three organization development techniques-survey feedback, diagnostic workshops, and systematic problem solving. Survey feedback was aimed at total organization change-the data collected focused on organization-wide problems. The diagnostic workshops focused on the problems and, consequently, change within significant decision making sub-systems of the larger organization. The data gathered in the survey and in the diagnostic interviews were dealt with by means of the systematic problem solving approach. One of the design characteristics of this project was to develop within the staff of the college the capacity for continuing the organization change effort-to build in a self-renewing capacity. As a function of this design feature, the results of the organization development program are still coming in. Thus, in this paper some of the major changes that have taken place to date and some which are anticipated in the future are described. Finally, the implications of this approach to organization development in education are discussed. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Higher Education.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Center for Humanistic Education.
Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25 - March 1, 1973)