ERIC Number: ED202292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Regionalism: A Postsecondary Education Strategy Yet Undefined.
Martorana, S. V.
The idea of regionalism and its implementation are considered, along with the institutional, state, and federal governmental interests to which regionalism appears to be related. A study of regionalism found it was seen as an interinstitutional, cooperative arrangement officially recognized by an authoritative agency in the state and thus distinguishable from consortia arrangements. It was found that 60 percent of the states are actively engaged in regionalism as an aspect of planning and coordinating postsecondary educational resources. A primary factor that seems to encourage regionalism is the leadership posture assumed by state-level boards or commissions. Most plans were characterized by the following patterns: seeking to meet broad postsecondary educational needs within each of several geographic regions established throughout the state; seeking to meet the postsecondary educational needs of a special, particular geographical subsection of a state; dealing with a single academic program or a single subsection of postsecondary education; and involving either the entire state or a subsection of the state with either the entire state or subsections of other states. Most states reported that a better utilization of resources was the objective pursued. Regionalism is implemented predominantly by three types of authority: administrative authority possessed by the executive branch or an agency of state government, legislative authority expressed in statutes, and authority held by established postsecondary educational institutions. In organizational terms, the regionalization approaches appeared to have weak structures for governance and administration. It was found that state and institutional funds were most heavily utilized. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.