ERIC Number: ED423753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Evaluation Study of the Training for Development Program.
Tatto, M. Teresa
This evaluation report assesses the impact of the Training for Development Program of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities from 1978-86. This program supported university-based development projects which addressed the basic needs of rural populations in Latin America. The program identified potential and current faculty members at selected Latin American and Caribbean institutions of higher education and professionals in government and arranged for them to receive graduate-level training. Institutions were selected on the basis of a clearly demonstrated commitment to community development through outreach and other institutional services. The program resulted in a total of 164 individuals from 23 institutions and 12 nations receiving graduate training in U.S. universities. Program evaluation analyzed data from participants' files, personal interviews, and questionnaires. The evaluation found that the program had a significant impact on the returned participants' regional outreach activities, in their departmental innovations, and in their involvement in teaching and research, especially when a "critical mass" of an institution's professors had been trained, when the university was positively disposed toward change, and when available resources were high. Recommendations are offered concerning candidate selection and placement, increased program funding, and greater attention to the Latin American and Caribbean university context. (Contains 75 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Community Development, Developing Nations, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Government School Relationship, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Rural Development, Scholarships, School Community Relationship, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, Inc., Cambridge, MA.