ERIC Number: ED160031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Small College Consortium, 1977-78. A Title III Project. Part II: Case Studies.
Anderson, John W.; And Others
An external evaluation of the Small College Consortium (SCC) was designed to evaluate and make recommendations for linkages between the delivery of technical assistance services and progress toward institutional development. The case study component of the SCC evaluation for 1978 was undertaken as two separate but complementary analyses. The two methods were a hypothesis-free case study analysis and an issues-based functional analysis calling for intensive interviews and other data collection. In the first analysis, the evaluators found 10 institutional characteristics that best helped explain differences in progress toward institutional development in the eight colleges visited. These were grouped into four categories: characteristics of the top administration, faculty morale, availability of resources, and use of change agents. In the second analysis, evaluators found clear evidence of high quality technical assistance in all areas assessed. The results were somewhat mixed, however, from school to school. The most commonly used strategies (oncampus consultation workshops, and seminars) were found to be effective for those institutions in early developmental stages, whereas more advanced institutions were likely to need a broader range of services covering expanded topics. The evaluation team concluded that significant development is taking place at member colleges, and that most developmental efforts are attributable directly or indirectly to SCC staff involvement. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Church Related Colleges, Consortia, Developmental Programs, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interviews, Liberal Arts, Organizational Change, Organizational Development, Program Evaluation, Small Colleges, Technical Assistance
Small College Consortium, 200 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Small Coll. Consortium, Washington, DC.