ERIC Number: ED040674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-2
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Autonomy for Whom?
Glenny, Lyman A.
The creation of statewide coordinating and planning boards has caused a great deal of concern about state interference with the autonomy of colleges and universities. The question is whether the state (society) has a stake in educational policy which might rightfully exceed the collective desires and interests of the autonomous institutions. The creation of the State coordinating agencies does infringe upon the autonomy of existing institutions, but only insofar as these institutions have imposed upon or ignored the public interest, and in that case, state interference has been desirable. Examples are: (1) the creation of public colleges in States where private colleges have long prevented the establishment of such institutions; (2) the creation of junior or senior colleges in States where the big State universities had preempted the choice locations with small branches that were expensive to attend; or (3) instituting diversity in States where the university system has tried to maintain its PhD granting monopoly. In other instances, State interference has prevented State or teachers colleges from emulating the State university, thus preserving diversity, and in some States, the State board's control over admission policies has insured more equal opportunity and less elitism. State interference has generally been limited to major policies, and has only rarely impaired specific institutional autonomy. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 2, 1970