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ERIC Number: EJ948353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Sustaining FCS in Higher Education: A 2010 Perspective
Firebaugh, Francille M.; Nickols, Sharon Y.; Atiles, Jorge H.; Turkki, Kaija
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v102 n4 p17-23 2010
This article identifies characteristics of enduring FCS higher education programs and explores organizational changes and the impact of these changes. From multiple sources, characteristics of sustained programs were identified and categorized as (a) resource-based: strong leadership, outstanding faculty, adequate resources; (b) program-related: robust academic and engagement efforts; interdisciplinarity; student body quality, size, and diversity; and (c) strategic vision-oriented: commitment to a culture of change and effective communications. Recent organizational changes in some higher education institutions have led to mergers with other units and dispersal of FCS faculty. Outcomes have included survival of some content areas, weakened ties to FCS, and new directions and collaborations. Other FCS units have sustained a strong identity and continuity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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