Since 2013 we have been following developments in an International Organization for Standardization committee: ISO 288 – Educational organizations management systems – Requirements with guidance for use; a committee spun off from the committee that develops the more widely known ISO 9000-family of quality management standards prepared for industries and global regulatory agencies. The global Secretariat is South Korea; with 40 participating member nations and 11 observing nations. It is noteworthy that the US education industry is not a participant in this global standard which will likely have implications for standards setting for all aspects of educational organizations including the management of Massive Open Online Courses which we have covered in previous posts.
Distance learning presents opportunities involving sustainability and the campus infrastructure. The environmental impacts of providing higher education courses by campus-based versus distance/online learning methods has been researched. A study by the Design Innovation Group, The Open University, UK found that distance learning higher education courses involved 87% less energy and 85% lower CO2 emissions than the full-time campus-based courses. Higher education facility professionals will need to remain cognizant about the changing landscape of higher education and the potential impact on sustainability and managing the physical environment.
Recent developments with ISO 288 include the evolution of the ISO 21001 management system standard to the Draft International Standard stage (news item:https://www.iso.org/news/
The ISO 288 Technical Programme Manager, Stefan Marinkovic, was one of the featured speakers at the American National Standards Institute’s annual Company Member Forum hosted at the University of Michigan on May 10-11th, 2016. For a review of Mr. Marinkovic’s presentation you may visit this link (Note that the link will take about 1 minute to load):
Issue: [13-100]. (Note that this project will be integrated into another, more general education management development standard).
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