ERIC Number: ED167009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Danish Higher Education: Expansion, Crisis and Institution Building. Yale Higher Education Research Group Working Paper 32.
Whitehead, John S.
Part of a series of studies on higher education in different countries, this paper examines the organization of higher education in Denmark, the growth of the system, the nature of the parliamentary legislation of the 1970's, and the Danish system from the standpoint of institution-building. There are three state-supported sectors of higher education. The first sector contains faculties of medicine, theology, natural sciences, arts, and social sciences (including law). The second sector involves technical and other specialized disciplines; the third, teacher training colleges, library schools, and social work schools. There has been a rapid growth in students over the last two decades and a corresponding increase in the number of teachers. Institution-building in Denmark has involved two distinct processes: (1) reshaping of the existing or pre-1970 universities at Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense, and later of other institutions of higher education (e.g. Danish Technical University); and (2) the building of two totally new university centers at Roskilde and Aslborg. The organizational change in Denmark's university system is seen as entwined, in some instances, with an intellectual challenge to existing standards; however, for the most part the building of new institutions kept the intellectual standards of the traditional university. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, College Environment, College Role, Comparative Education, Educational History, Educational Legislation, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, History, Institutional Characteristics, Organizational Change, Political Influences, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, School Organization, Trend Analysis
Higher Education Research Group, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1732 Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.
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