ERIC Number: ED153699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Decision-Making Strategies for Effective Program Planning.
Seitz, James E.
To determine which of many proposed new occupational programs at Edison State Community College (Ohio) had highest priority, a planning strategy was developed based on eight steps: (1) defining criteria for assessing need and feasibility; (2) compiling program requests and recommendations; (3) compiling basic information on proposed programs; (4) applying prime determinants to decide if further study is warranted; (5) applying need criteria; (6) applying feasibility criteria; (7) establishing development committees for programs passing steps 4, 5, and 6; and (8) proceeding with development and implementation. Each criterion was carefully defined and ranked to indicate degree of importance. Appropriate criteria for determining need included such factors as net local, regional, and national job openings; occupational/employment trends; wage/satisfaction incentives; advancement opportunities; and available training/supply. Feasibility criteria were developed according to such factors as students' interest, faculty and facility availability, funding levels, and legalistic restrictions. Prime need and feasibility determinants were established using a Priority Analysis Technique, after which proposed programs with the highest scores were chosen for implementation, while priority order for future programs was established. (TR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (Atlanta, Georgia, April 9-12, 1978)