ERIC Number: ED029619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Higher Education Associations in a Decentralized Education System.
Bloland, Harland G.
This study of higher education associations in Washington DC examines the relationship of their proliferation and politicization to increased federal involvement in higher education. Shortly after World War II, many voluntary higher education associations established offices in Washington DC as an indication of their interest in shaping federal educational policy. They have been important in preserving the autonomy of the decentralized education system in its deepening relationship with the government. There are differences in the degree to which they function as significant links between the government and academic community. Those representing institutions have tended to promote: institutional support for universities that would give academic administrators full responsibility for allocating funds within the institution; increased federal aid to previously "deprived" areas (e.g., humanities); and reduction of the indirect costs of federally sponsored research. Many professional associations promote discipline interests. Faculty oriented organizations have defended academic status and autonomy within the university. Special task organizations focus on specific problems of development, coordination, programs, etc. Politicization of the associations has been nurtured by political and social factors and by the development of effective cooperative arrangements among the various groups. (JS)
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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.