ERIC Number: ED147953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Management of Decline: Problems, Opportunities, and Research Questions. The Rand Paper Series P-5984.
Berman, Paul; McLaughlin, Milbrey W.
This essay explores the issues arising from enrollment decline by examining the local school district context in which these issues must ultimately be resolved. The first section of this paper suggests that fluctuation in enrollment should not be treated separately from the continuously changing economic, political, and social environment of the district. The second section explores alternative school district responses to decline and argues that the key difference between effective management and simply holding the line lies in the capacity to manage change. The last section offers recommendations for a National Institute of Education agenda on problems of enrollment decline. Three phases of change management are discussed: mobilization of support, implementation of plans for retrenchment, and institutionalization of change efforts. (Author)
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Projections, Organizational Change, Political Influences, Political Issues, Research Needs, Retrenchment, School Demography, School Districts
Publications Department, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($3.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Finance and Productivity Group.