ERIC Number: ED188655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-27
Planning Technical Education for the Eighties.
Groff, Warren H.
Literature and model programs are reviewed in an examination of the planning environment for post-secondary technical education in the 1980's. The report first discusses the origins and consequences of four trends affecting vocational education: the growing demand for part-time, adult continuing education; increased demands for accountability; the exhaustibility of resources; and changes in the workplace creating worker dissatisfaction, labor underutilization, and increased investment in research and development. A planning process designed to keep technical education viable in light of these forces is then presented, incorporating: (1) the establishment of protocol and planning structures; (2) methods of reaching consensus on the proper role of the college in society; (3) methods of specifying planning goals; (4) program development techniques to achieve these goals; and (5) a personnel development component which takes into account the various stages of individual development and helps faculty adjust to non-traditional students and teaching methods. Next, the leadership roles which colleges and professional associations can play are examined in terms of setting national educational policy, educating legislators, and achieving public credibility. (JP)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Planning, Continuing Education, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Educational Trends, Faculty Development, Leadership Responsibility, Literature Reviews, Organizational Objectives, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Environment
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Technical Education (17th, March 27, 1980)