ERIC Number: ED022414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Conflict and Coordination in Higher Education.
Paltridge, James Gilbert
A case study of the Wisconsin Coordinating Committee for Higher Education was the basis for an examination of the factors contributing to effective coordinating mechanisms between public institutions of higher education and their external supportive world (the public and the state legislative and executive branches). Using questionnaires and in-depth interviews with state officials and educational leaders in addition to documented information, the following assumptions were tentatively supported: (1) A coordinating agency in higher education can deal more effectively with conflict between the institutions and the government if representatives of the general public have a voting majority on the board. (2) The coordinating mechanism will function more effectively if its professional staff is both independent of the staffs of the institutions and of the state administrative agencies. (3) The authority structure inherent in a scheme of statutory coordination can serve as a protector, rather than an adversary, of the substantive autonomy of institutions. (4) Coordination can function more effectively if the particular roles and functions of the participating groups are clearly defined, if adherence to these definitions is enforceable, and if provision is made for change and modification of the definitions. (AM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.