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FEDA Bulletin, v2 n2 1998

This bulletin is intended to help British further education colleges clarify their rationale for entering into collaborative programs, assess prospective partners, define and implement good practice at all stages of provision, and establish rigorous quality assurance procedures. Following an introduction, Further Education Funding Council requirements are outlined. A section on rationale discusses these purposes: fulfilling the college mission and helping to meet growth targets, increase revenue, and improve the financial viability of the college. Next, management models are described. The next section lists questions that need to be considered when selecting collaborative partners. Steps for setting up the partnership are then listed. A section on quality assurance suggests contents of a quality manual and then outlines activities to ensure that quality is rigorously monitored at all stages of a program: on entry (initial guidance and assessment, enrollment, learning agreement); on- program (auditing college compliance with the contract, monitoring students' experiences of learning); on exit; and achievement. These suggestions are made for use of the information collected: self-assessment, contract review, and further improvement of quality. Two case studies offer insights into how colleges and their partners have managed collaborative provision and how they and their students have benefits. One is industry based, the other--community based. Contains 16 references. (YLB)

Descriptors: Accountability, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Cooperative Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Quality Control, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Technical Institutes

Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, United Kingdom (3.50 pounds).

Author: Bocock, Jean; Edwards, Judith


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