ERIC Number: ED260646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Policy Issues in Experiential Education. NSIEE Occasional Paper #3.
Goldstein, Michael B.
Changes in public policies that have implications for experiential education are discussed. It is suggested that the federal government's reduction of federal student assistance does not represent a policy adverse to experiential education; yet, its effects are likely to have substantially negative outcomes for programs built on 15 years of consistent federal support. The relatively stable funding bases, notably College Work-Study and Cooperative Education, are likely to be substantially eroded, and support for innovation may be in serious jeopardy. Requirements of "satisfactory progress" and "enrollment status" of federal student aid programs are being reevaluated in ways that may adversely affect experiential education. The Veterans Administration is one agency that views legitimate education as classroom instruction. At the state level, policy may limit the amount of equivalent credit that may be awarded for prior learning, limit the degrees to which such credit may be attached, or otherwise constrain the freedom of the institution to configure its academic program. Finally, the policies of accrediting agencies can have the effect of defining whether experiential programs may be included in the curriculum of a college, or whether the college can be accredited. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Raleigh, NC.
Note: For related documents, see HE 018 617-634.