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Options for college formation in higher education: the choice for East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University.

Magara, Elisam; Matovu, James

Abstract:
There are tremendous attempts in higher education institutions to restructure and merge academic departments in a directed move to improve service delivery. In such situations, institutions that want to move towards the merger need to reposition themselves to meet the changing socio-economic needs in a defined framework. This requires such departments and units to study their environment in order to understand what they do well to be able to discover anticipated customer needs, and to build unique, cutting-edge solutions that capitalise on their most marketable strengths to meet the socio-economic development challenges of the society. In a strategic qualitative framework, a survey was conducted among EASLIS students, employers, professionals, and EASLIS staff and administration. From the study, majority of the professionals believe that what is needed in the merger is the re-orientation of LIS programmes to accommodate the expectations
of a knowledge and information economy in the globalisation era. Based on the facts obtained from the LIS stakeholders in the country, existing literature, practices elsewhere, and the previous attempts at college formation in Makerere University, LIS could comfortably merge with Mass Communication to form a College of Information and Communication Sciences. However, not withstanding the developments in information society in LIS, merging EASLIS, Mass Communication and FCITto form a College of Information, Computing and Communication Sciences would be the best option.

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Document Title: Options for college formation in higher education: the choice for East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University.
Journal: The Uganda Higher Education Review Journal of the National Council of Higher Education
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 15-23


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Uganda
Keywords:Higher Education and Development, Higher Education Restructuring, Colleges of Education, Colleges, Mergers, Makerere University, Uganda


File Size:127 KB
Rights:Permission granted by publisher
Date Added:21 November 2008


Magara, Elisam; Matovu, James (2008). Options for college formation in higher education: the choice for East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), Makerere University. The Uganda Higher Education Review Journal of the National Council for Higher Education, Vol.5(1) pp.15-23