ERIC Number: ED401804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Master Plan for Distance Learning: An Evolving Technological Process. In Response to House Bill 85 of the 74th Texas Legislature.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
House Bill 85 of the 74th Texas Legislature directed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to formulate a Distance Learning Master Plan for the development of distance learning and other applications of instructional electronic technology by institutions of higher education. The Plan is to address: coordination and integration of distance learning among higher education institutions and other entities; development and acquisition of infrastructure and equipment with establishment of standards and training for staff; appropriate applications and needs assessment; funding policies and regulatory or other policies desirable to promote distance learning; and any related issues to recommendation the Board considers appropriate. During 1994-95, approximately 50,000 students participated in 800 courses offered through institutional telecommunications by 70 Texas public institutions of higher education and these numbers are growing. The proliferation of distance learning delivery systems has created the capability for many institutions to reach beyond their traditional service areas and that complicates the relationships between institutions within the state and also results in Texas institutions facing competition from out-of-state institutions. Furthermore, enhanced access to information resources is critical to the academically sound development and expansion of distance learning and faculty must receive adequate training and support. (JLS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Master Plans, Outreach Programs, Part Time Students, Position Papers, State Colleges, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas