ERIC Number: ED481868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Using Finance Policy To Reduce Barriers to Distance Learning. A Report and Recommendations in a Series on Distance Learning Policy Issues.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
This study explored the ways in which state and system financing policies can advance the use of distance learning technologies and the goals outlined in other reports by the Distance Learning Policy Laboratory more effectively. The subcommittee on finance that examined the issue approached the task by establishing a framework that considered: tuition, fees, and charges; funding methods; costs and resource management; and education as commerce. Four case studies were conducted to study centralized, decentralized, mixed, and freestanding governance approaches at the University of North Carolina, The Kentucky Virtual University, the University System of Georgia, and the University of Maryland University College. Based on these four case studies, the Finance subcommittee proposed that plans for distance learning and technology-based instruction should emanate from the overall strategic educational and business plans of the state, system, and institution. Technology should be treated as a core resource and financed accordingly, with a base that is rational and explicit. Fundamental to the establishment and effective use of technology in higher education is support for, preparation of, and continued development of human capital or personnel infrastructure. Nine specific recommendations are made to support these principles. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: A Report by the Distance Learning Policy Laboratory Finance Subcommittee. Support also provided by Stranahan Foundation. For other reports in this series, see HE 036 295-296 and HE 036 298.