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An appraisal was made of the policy implications of a commitment by the University of the West Indies (UWI) to develop distance education as an integral feature of its teaching responsibilities. Information was gathered through interviews with 163 educators and administrators at the 3 campuses of the University of the West Indies, its 8 member countries, and the University of the Virgin Islands. The study found that the proportion of students enrolled in distance education is expected to grow greatly by the year 2000, straining the resources of the university. Therefore, more faculty members and administrators are needed and technical equipment must be upgraded and increased in order to provide distance education. The study concluded that the university is becoming much more a dual-mode delivery system, with on-campus and distance education becoming more equal in importance and emphasis. The study recommended that the university should embark on a broad-based range of programs in four categories: (1) certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and diploma programs; (2) leadership programs drawing on research writings and experience distinctive of UWI and in the Caribbean; (3) noncredit programs of continuing education and professional updating; and (4) distance education programs for students undertaking sixth form or preliminary courses. (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Education, College Programs, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Policy Formation, Program Development











Author: Renwick, William; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11162&id=ED364768



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