ERIC Number: ED216148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Developing an Adult Education Program through Community Linkages. An Approach to Recruiting & Retraining Students, Securing Supportive Services, and Increasing Program Visibility, Prestige, and Revenues.
Beder, Harold; Smith, Franceska
Based on data obtained from the study of three highly visible, well supported, full-time adult learning centers that started as small, part-time operations, this manual contains guidelines for implementing an approach to developing an adult education program through community linkages. The linkage concept is discussed. Covered next is the positive effect of community linkages on various phases of program operation, including recruitment, supportive services, operating funds, visibility, and program development. Examined in a section on how to develop and maintain linkages are such topics as using existing contacts, targeting linkages of greatest benefit, recognizing the needs and characteristics of community and prospective partners, using students as linkers, expanding program capabilities, gaining and recording intelligence on and for linking partners, developing interagency friendships, being honest and forthright, avoiding conflict with linking partners, and competing and cooperating. An inventory of linkage possibilities is provided. Described in a section on costs and problems of linkages are the following concerns: loss of autonomy, time, goal displacement, organizational disruption, and termination. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Community Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Financial Support, Guidelines, Linking Agents, Program Costs, Program Development, Program Guides, Program Improvement, Publicity, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, Services, Student Recruitment
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Education Association of U.S.A., Washington, DC.
Note: Second Printing, 1981.