ERIC Number: ED301691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-8
Adjusting Delivery Systems for Adult Students in a Liberal Arts College.
McDermott, William P.
Basic principles of quality control and resource allocation are regularly practiced in the management of higher education organizations. The principle of seeking the best "fit" between institutional capabilities and available markets has gained importance as the demographics of U.S. higher education enrollments have changed to include more older students. In the past, the higher education community has responded to similar diversification of the undergraduate student body. For adults in particular, colleges have altered the method of program delivery and the method of measuring educational attainment. The literature suggests three categories of change models: rational, irrational, and individual. The model of organizational adaptation can be combined with these models to create a conceptual framework for guiding change in a liberal arts college. This framework suggests that each model is more or less relevant at particular stages of the change process. If a private liberal arts college wishes to adjust its academic delivery to induce adults to enroll, it must prepare for change and consider why change is necessary. Finally, the college needs to attend to what needs to be changed, namely the place, time, and instructional technique of its class offerings. (An 11-page list of references is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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