ERIC Number: ED234727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-23
Reference Count: N/A
Laboratory Governance: Issues for the Study Group on Regional Laboratories.
Schultz, Thomas; Dominic, Joseph
Background information and an analysis of issues involved in the governance of new regional educational laboratories are presented. The new laboratories are to be established through a 1984 competition administered by the National Institute of Education (NIE). The analysis is designed to assist the Study Group on Regional Laboratories to advise the NIE Director on the following decisions: eligibility criteria for the laboratory competition, division of authority and responsibility between NIE and the boards of regional laboratories, and NIE policy on the structure and functions of laboratory governing boards. It is noted that the seven regional educational laboratories currently operating are incorporated as nonprofit organizations in the states where they are based. The following two options to current policy are presented: (1) NIE could become more involved in the governance process through more prescriptive policy, more direct work with boards and board members, or more detailed monitoring of governance procedures; or (2) NIE could become less involved in policy on governance and shift resources and attention to other areas. It is suggested that greater attention to the mechanics of needs assessment procedures or an emphasis on evaluating the quality of laboratory services may be a productive NIE role. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.