ERIC Number: ED355897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-13
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Institutional Relevance in Distance Education: The Role of Strategic Planning.
van Schoor, W. A.
This paper discusses strategic planning for and the expansion of distance education in South Africa as a way to meet the demand for higher education while ensuring that such education is relevant to the stakeholders. An analysis of the forces changing higher education in South Africa notes the increased demand for higher education, the need to maintain quality in the face of increasing numbers and diminishing resources, the need for technological development and a skilled work force to drive a technology-based economy, and the constantly decreasing government subsidy to university operation--all trends that call for a pro-active response. Next discussed is the role of distance education as a likely way to address the pressures on universities. This response must use strategic planning to produce a pro-active plan and a control procedure to maintain relevance. A six-phase model for such strategic planning is presented. The phases are: (1) commitment to planning; (2) establishment of the official mandate; (3) data-gathering; (4) synthesis of data into appropriate projects; (5) implementation of project plans; and (6) outcomes evaluation. (Contains 16 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa