ERIC Number: ED395611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Nonuniversity Postcompulsory/Postsecondary Education.
Kintzer, Frederick C.
Summarizing current developments in nonuniversity higher education (NHE) internationally, this paper provides national composites illustrating the status of programming, delivery, organization, and governance of NHE programs across the globe. First, introductory materials define NHE as education beyond postsecondary or postcompulsory years primarily designed to provide preparation for work, community education, or preparation for university enrollment. Next, brief descriptions are provided of the history of and current developments related to NHE for over 80 countries in the Far Pacific and Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Scandinavia, Great Britain, and North America. Many descriptions include a list of institutions visited by the author in onsite research. The next section then reviews the original motivations for developing NHE programs and reviews negative assessments from the experiences of the countries discussed in the paper, including the ineffectiveness of vocational-technical programs that do not include a general studies component and persistent difficulties in transferring credits from NHE programs to universities. Finally, issues related to the future of the NHE movement are reviewed, including the rapid increase of consortia; the rapid growth of institutes of technology; and the growth of electronically delivered coursework, which affects traditional transfer routines. Contains 89 references. A list of institutions offering NHE programs in selected countries is appended. (TGI)
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