ERIC Number: ED184441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Federal Regulation on Higher Education: A Self-Study at Earlham College.
At Earlham College, a liberal arts college with a Quaker heritage and an enrollment of 1200, department heads and administrators were surveyed to discover the perceived impact of federal regulation and legislation. Faculty were sent questionnaires; administrators were sent questionnaires followed up by interviews. The complaints registered were: (1) increasing amounts of time must be diverted from educational goals to monitoring regulations and to reporting; (2) the adversarial situation between faculty, administration, and students is heightened; (3) autonomy is lost; (4) the government becomes another constituency to which the institution must answer in curricular and policy development; and (5) duplication of effort occurs in reporting duties. However, impact is seen in other, less obvious places. The feeling of being able to solve problems privately is felt to be disappearing. Frustration is seen to stem from several sources: lack of dialogue with government agencies; lack of control over one's own fate; a felt decrease in effectiveness. It is concluded that the institution must resist the forces accompanying federal regulation that may tend to steer the institution toward a common median standard. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Church Related Colleges, College Faculty, Educational Policy, Efficiency, Federal Regulation, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Policy Formation, Privacy, Private Colleges, School Surveys, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sloan Commission on Government and Higher Education, Cambridge, MA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Earlham College IN; Sloan Commission Studies
Note: For related Sloan Commission documents see 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 482-490. Best copy available.