ERIC Number: ED172861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Evaluation for Survival: A Model of Institutional Renewal.
Konrad, Abram G.
An approach to help the line administrator conceptualize and direct institutional change is presented. Postsecondary institutions are described from a systems perspective and represented in a linear diagram to identify those areas that can become focal points for renewal activities. A three-dimensional typology provides a framework of alternative renewal strategies which may be characterized by their focus, scope (either institutional or sub-unit), and term or length of operation of the strategy. Seven "common-sense" principles which characterize institutional renewal were drawn from the typology. For example, the greater the scope, focus, and term of a strategy, the more reluctance it will meet and the more support it will need. The importance of the interplay between strategies for change and the environment in which the changes will occur is stressed and diagrammatically illustrated. Finally, the complete model for institutional renewal is presented and discussion focuses on two basic phases: (1) the preparation and planning phase, in which the administrator explores possibilities and develops a supportive environment, and (2) the implementation phase, in which the administrator may have to compromise between what is desirable and what is feasible in selecting strategies and goals. Further, the importance of careful and thorough evaluation is emphasized. (DR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Institute on the Community College (9th, Sarnia, Ontario, June 12-15, 1978)