ERIC Number: ED318384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-16
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Voluntary Interorganizational Arrangements: An Analysis of Three School-College Collaborative Projects in Massachusetts.
Seppanen, Patricia S.
Three case studies of interorganizational arrangements between public school districts and a college/university are used to illustrate how a state higher education agency (the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education) promoted voluntary, lateral relationships to strengthen local school educational programs. A within-case analysis documented project activities and outcomes, and described how and why each interorganizational arrangement operated as it did. The four major types of activities and services offered through each project were found to include: (1) direct services to students; (2) improvement of school practices through training for teachers; (3) publication of newsletters; and (4) consultation/technical assistance to service providers in the schools. These services were found to involve limited direct intervention in the schools, and their design minimized risk, exposure, or additional responsibility for college or district personnel. They were rarely coordinated to promote schoolwide change. The success of the projects was largely defined in terms of the number of students or teachers who enrolled in an activity and their satisfaction. Neither the process of collaboration nor more long-term outcomes related to the effectiveness of the projects in promoting school improvement were stressed by the Regents or the participating organizations. Includes 54 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Consultation Programs, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, State Departments of Education, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts