ERIC Number: ED405470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Approaches to Processes, Culture and Structures.
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n15 Feb 1997
Recent national policies and legislation have made it imperative for the United Kingdom's further education (FE) institutions to adopt strategic approaches to the management of quality, change, and organizational development. It is necessary that any strategic approach developed by an FE college integrate processes, culture, and structure into a coherent whole. The following activities are key processes within FE colleges: strategy development; admissions; college promotion; human resource management; teaching and learning; and curriculum design/development. If they are to respond effectively to national requirements and grow with fewer resources, FE colleges must establish a more self-critical, improving, and responsive culture. Among the characteristics of successful organizational cultures are the following: customer focus; general commitment to common organizational goals; shared values; teamwork; critical self-assessment; good two-way communication; sound decision making and problem solving; acknowledgment of success; and forward-looking approach to change. Although many FE colleges have reorganized their structures in response to national requirements, no major quality approach used to date has structure as its main focus. To survive and prosper, FE colleges must map and streamline their key processes, establish a self-critical and responsive culture, and realign their structures to make them truly coherent and reflect the college's key processes. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Programs, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Models, Needs Assessment, Organizational Development, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Strategic Planning, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom