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ERIC Number: EJ903462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Increasing UCEA's Usefulness and Relevance: A Choice-Based Classification System
Matkin, Gary W.
Continuing Higher Education Review, v73 p175-183 Fall 2009
Every aspect of higher education today is pressed to become more accountable and more transparent. The field of continuing education (CE) is no different. CE professionals, responsible for the operations of university-based CE units, are constantly challenged to use data and "evidence" to make and justify decisions. Indeed, one measure of the professionalization of a field is its ability to provide and use meaningful information. Building on established data-gathering efforts in the creation of the Management Survey, the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) has an opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the field. In this article, the author proposes a systematic annual collection of data from all UCEA members to allow for meaningful comparisons among CE organizations. He outlines steps for creating a "CE equivalent of the Carnegie Classification system" that would be in essence "a choice-based system," whereby all CE organizations would be part of a UCEA database according to distinguishing CE activities and criteria, such as urban or rural, degree or non-degree, public or private. Despite the range of diversity of UCEA member institutions, the author is confident a new classification system could be achieved, one that could serve all members effectively.
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Classification, Institutional Characteristics, Higher Education, Professional Associations
University Professional & Continuing Education Association. 1 Dupont Circle NW Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-659-3130; Fax: 202-785-0374; Web site: http://www.upcea.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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