ERIC Number: ED279864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Continuing Educators' Attitudes toward Professional Program Delivery.
Blakely, Thomas J.
A study examined the beliefs that the deans/directors of continuing education had about the delivery of professional education programs through continuing education. Data were collected through a mailed questionnaire sent to 60 deans and directors of continuing education departments/divisions of universities and colleges that are members of Region IV of the National University Continuing Education Association. (Region IV covers Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.) The questionnaire contained demographic items and 50 declarative statements about university/college policies about professional program faculty and student involvement in the delivery of credit courses through a continuing education system. Usable responses were returned by 39 members (a 65% response rate). Respondents represented a cross section of institutions in terms of size, with a substantial number of students involved in continuing education, strong indication of independent administration, and a sizeable involvement in regional center operations. Questionnaire items were divided into subsets for analysis. Results suggested that student services and institutional involvement in planning for courses were more significantly related to continuing education activity than were faculty preference, institutional pressures, or faculty rewards. Rewards for continuing education were not viewed as being readily available. Continuing education did not have its own faculty to deliver professional courses, and teaching in continuing education was not required by contract or agreement between the university and the faculty bargaining unit or senate. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National University Continuing Education Association Region IV Meeting (Minneapolis, MN, October 1986).