ERIC Number: ED151036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb-24
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Value Analysis: A Tool for Community Colleges.
White, Rita A.
Adoption of a value analysis program is proposed to aid colleges in identifying and implementing educationally sound labor-saving devices and procedures, enabling them to meet more students' needs at less cost with no quality reduction and a minimum of staff resistance. Value analysis is defined as a method for studying how well a product does what it is supposed to do compared to how much it costs to manufacture, and for evaluating how to better perform a necessary function at a low cost consistent with the quality level desired. The relevance of value analysis to education is explored, and its procedures are outlined in terms of information gathering (What is it? What does it cost and do?), speculation, analysis, execution, and reporting phases. Pitfalls to avoid are cited. Value analysis is then compared to the traditional recommendation process--the committee. It is felt that a value analysis team is prepared by virtue of expertise, interest, and experience while committee members are unprepared for the task at hand. Berchin's study for the League for Innovation is cited as support for adopting value analysis programs. Data on direct costs for conventional modes vs. group, individual, and audiotutorial instruction from Berchin's investigations are appended. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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