ERIC Number: ED184418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education in Massachusetts: Issues in Their Context.
Stafford, Richard; Lustberg, Larry
Higher education in Massachusetts is considered in relation to governance and student financial aid. Growth since 1960, enrollment projections, and changing financial realities are considered. Attention is directed to reorganization of public higher education, including the struggle to strike a reasonable balance between institutional needs for academic independence and state requirements for fiscal control/accountability. The analysis of state financial aid policy considers public/private competition, implications for student access/choice, and compatibility with federal assistance programs. It is recommended that financial aid responsibilities be separated from the Board of Higher Education, that a new Massachusetts Scholarship Commission be created, and that the delivery of all state-funded student aid programs be centralized in the new agency. Suggested broad objectives of Massachusetts' reorganization effort are: to maximize lay control over public higher education; obtain sufficient institutional independence from the governor and legislature to insure academic freedom and avoid the politics of immediacy; develop a comprehensive statewide planning and coordination capacity; and eliminate the rivalry between the Board of Higher Education and Secretary's office for the responsibility of statewide planning and coordination. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Access to Education, Accountability, Change, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Enrollment Projections, Governance, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Private Colleges, State Agencies, State Boards of Education, State Colleges, Statewide Planning, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sloan Commission on Government and Higher Education, Cambridge, MA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Sloan Commission Studies
Note: For related Sloan Commission documents, see ED 161 306, ED 176 679, ED 179 174, ED 180 273, HE 012 421-427, HE 012 429-432, HE 012 434-439, HE 012 442-445, HE 012 448-449, HE 012 465-474, HE 012 476-480, HE 012 482-490. Best copy available.