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ERIC Number: ED103076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 78
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Administering Innovation in a Traditional Environment: A Study of the Administration of the Learning Resources Laboratory of the City Colleges of Chicago.
Oastler, John
In 1956, the central administration of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) established the Learning Resources Laboratory (LRL), then known as TV College. At the time, the televised courses offered by LRL allowed regular students to enroll in courses filled or not offered on campus, allowed out-of-district suburbanites to enroll in the college, and provided education for shut-ins, housewives, the disabled, and prisoners in local prisons. By 1973, however, the City College system had added new campuses, and suburban areas had created their own community colleges, so that a large part of the need for LRL had diminished. Furthermore, declining CCC enrollments had led campus faculty to resent the competition presented by LRL. Believing that the innovations of LRL could benefit CCC students, the author designed a study to determine the extent to which present LRL administrative communication processes had laid the groundwork for improved cooperation. His conclusions were that personnel below the central administrative level of LRL functioned as clerical workers and had no share in policy making, and that there had been no attempt to coordinate the efforts of LRL with those of CCC, inasmuch as LRL had isolated itself. He recommends that coordinators of LRL at the CCC campuses have more responsibility for decision-making so that they will be motivated to further the goals of LRL on the campuses. The questionnaire, a summary of responses, and diagrams of the communications networks are appended. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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