ERIC Number: ED256229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-15
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The Future of Independent Study: New Roles, Markets, and Expectations.
Pittman, Von V., Jr.
Developments that will affect the continuing education field are discussed, with attention to the technology explosion, economic pressures, and modifications in the work force. The problem of short-term management orientation is addressed, along with the issues of state regulation of higher education and the use of telecommunications. If independent study offices are to survive on research-dependent campuses, they must accept as fact the primacy of research, at least at large state universities, as well as the importance of forming partnerships with business and industry. The independent study method is suited well to provide general education and to develop basic learning skills in private sector employees. Distance learning formats in graduate and professional education may also be needed. It is suggested that correspondence educators will adopt new high tech delivery systems as they become cost effective. Less standardization in internal regulations and operations is projected, while profound changes in philosophy are likely. Additional predictions include: women will become even more important as potential students; and correspondence study will remain an ancillary enterprise at the university level. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Students, College Students, Continuing Education, Correspondence Study, Distance Education, Educational Change, Financial Problems, Futures (of Society), General Education, Higher Education, Independent Study, Labor Force Development, Long Range Planning, School Business Relationship, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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