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ERIC Number: ED452792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 167
Abstractor: N/A
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Administrator and Faculty Responses to Distance Education: The EASTNET Initiative.
Kraus, Kathleen McGrath
This study traced "EASTNET: Distance Learning for SUNY in Eastern New York," a collaborative distance education initiative involving three units of the State University of New York from conception through proposal to implementation. The case study traces how such innovations are introduced and how the means of introduction affect the success of implementation and the potential for sustainability. Nine research questions framed the study, focusing on the decision to implement EASTNET and the communication involved in its implementation. Data sources included related printed materials and interviews with key informants from the State University of New York System Administration, the University at Albany, and the College at Oswego. Decision makers, proposal authors, and faculty were contacted and asked to participate in the study. Data were analyzed to see if patterns emerged that indicated similarities or dissimilarities in the responses between administrators and faculty or between institutions. Findings suggest that distance education may be the most rapidly growing form of postsecondary education. A culture change may be required as higher education reaches out to students at different times and places, and changes in how teachers teach and how students learn may be required as interactions between teacher and students and among students may be redefined. Colleges and universities cannot deny the existence and potential of distance education and the expanding educational market. Appendixes contain interview questions and a letter to key informants. (Contains 89 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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