ERIC Number: ED461038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Navigating the Seas of Policy.
Cunningham, Stephanie; Kennedy, Steve; McAlonan, Susan; Hotchkiss, Heather
As the sun, moon, and stars helped sea captains to navigate, policy (defined as a formalized idea to encourage change) indicates general direction and speed but does not establish a specific approach to achieve implementation. Formal and informal policies have advantages and disadvantages. These are steps in navigating policy formation: identify the goal; ascertain needed resources; develop support from stakeholders and decision makers; develop a draft policy for circulation and comment; design a preliminary assessment of the policy; and formally present the policy proposal to decision makers. Policies chosen for formulation and implementation build on goals and objectives. Broad and simple policies are proclamations, annual reports, mission statements, board philosophy, and vision statements. More complex and specific policies are strategic goals and organizational unit goals. As the organization absorbs policy directions, it develops rules/regulations that identify standards that services/products produced must meet. Input, process, and output regulations are graduation and curriculum requirements and administrative rules and regulations. Policy organizations (business, industry, parents, students, postsecondary education, and community organizations) formulate and implement different types of policies. A policy check list and policy development workbook could assist with the development of policy. (A policy checklist and policy development workbook are included. Over one-half of the document consists of examples of written policies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Adult Education, Change Strategies, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Organizational Development, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Stakeholders, Standards, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.cde.state.co.us/schooltocareer/download/pdf/seas.pdf (body) and http://www.cde.state.co.us/schooltocareer/download/pdf/seasapp.pdf (appendix).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado School to Career Partnership, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado