ERIC Number: ED238399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Reshaping of an Innovation, 1970-1982. Final Report of the Appalachian Community Service Network to the National Institute of Education.
Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Appalachian Community Service Network, Washington, DC.
Intended to provide a comprehensive picture of the Appalachian Community Service Network (ACSN), this report documents its evolution from a federally funded regional educational experiment to a nonprofit corporation delivering educational and informational programming via commercial satellite to cable subscribers across the nation; ACSN's changing objectives, organizational structure and programming emphasis in response to the commercial marketplace; and the corporation's plans to capitalize on foreseeable opportunities. A general, interpretative account is given of the background history of the Appalachian Educational Satellite Project (AESP) experiment, which supplied graduate credit courses to teachers located in remote areas of the Appalachian region using an experimental NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellite from 1972 to 1975. The maintenance, refinement, and expansion of the original mission of AESP from 1976 to 1978 are described, including the development of a strong research and evaluation program to guide network operations. The incorporation of ACSN in 1979 as an independent agency is documented, and it is noted that the network provided 64 hours per week of programming to more than 1.5 million homes in 42 states in 1982. A look at current needs and problems and speculations on the future of the network conclude the report. A number of exhibits and appendices are included. (LMM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cable Television, Communications Satellites, Continuing Education, Demonstration Programs, Educational Television, Federal Programs, Futures (of Society), Marketing, National Programs, Nonprofit Organizations, Organizational Change, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Implementation, Programing (Broadcast), Regional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; Appalachian Community Service Network, Washington, DC.