1. AHMAD ZAIN SARNOTO - Institute of PTIQ Jakarta, Indonesia.
2. DARWIS HUDE - Institute of PTIQ Jakarta, Indonesia.
3. KHUSNI ALHAN - STEI Tiara, Indonesia.
4. LAMYA HAYATINA - STAI Fatahillah Serpong, Indonesia.
5. IKA - 5STAI Fatahillah Serpong, Indonesia.
This research examined the challenges that higher institutions faced in applying Independent Learning policy after the outbreaks of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Independent Learning policy is a step the Indonesian Government took to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19. In applying Independent Learning policy through Independent Campus, many higher education institutions faced several challenges which are low-quality human resources (lecturers/students), infrastructure gaps such as the Internet, and other technical problems. Implementation of Independent Learning policy through Independent Campus faced a number of challenges which made it not optimally applied. This research is library research using primary and secondary data and classified as qualitative research. The approach method used is policy implementation including monitoring and evaluating. The theory used is classical implementation theory which is espousing the notion of implementing a policy as a linear system. Findings from this research were first, the implementation of Independent Learning policy was not so measurable that it became ambiguous for academicians; second, a number of challenges faced in implementing Independent Learning policy namely both human resource and other resources were not in optimal capacity. Findings in this research contributed to policy studies especially related to critics on implementation of Independent Learning policy in higher institutions through the Independent Campus concept.
Challenges, implementation, public policy, Independent Learning-Independent Campus, COVID-19 pandemic.