ERIC Number: ED434598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
State Roundtable Case Studies: Idaho and South Dakota. Western Policy Exchange Project.
Bender, Louis W.
These two case studies were commissioned by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) as part of its Western Policy Exchange (WPE) Project, in an effort to understand the dynamics and perceived consequences of a "state roundtable" approach to fostering partnerships in education in order to advance systemic change and reforms in higher education. Idaho and South Dakota were chosen for their different experiences with the WPE project. The case studies involved attendance at state roundtables, a review of documents, and site interviews with legislators, regents, and business leaders. Among the conclusions drawn from the case studies are that an understanding of and belief in the roundtable process is essential if it is to be employed as a systemic change tool; WICHE provides valuable resources for planning, organizing, and implementing the roundtable process; willingness to assume leadership risk is critical to success; roundtables must consider the uniqueness of each state; participants must be selected with care; background papers help in orienting and focusing participants; trust building is most effective if a group addresses its own internal shortcomings before expecting other groups to take corrective actions; and the cycle for effective use of the roundtable process is 5 to 6 years. (CH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Regional Planning, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Systems Analysis
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho; South Dakota