ERIC Number: ED191349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-8
Reference Count: 0
Education and Public Accountability.
Scott, R. D.
Accountability in education in Australia is considered, including some of the causes for the present concern for accountability of tertiary institutions and strategies that might improve the situation. Different views on the role of educational institutions, ambiguities associated with the notion of public accountability, and current difficulties associated with retrenchment are addressed. Data are presented that indicate the expansion in tertiary education between 1967 and 1975. The subsequent concern for fiscal accountability when growth was not sustained is considered. Another problem associated with the era of expansion was the creation of a binary system in which universities were permitted to progress at a relatively modest growth rate while a second type of tertiary institution was created to offer more vocationally-oriented courses. Current consideration is being given to bringing a closer relationship between the two sectors to effect more efficient use of limited resources available. Four issues pertaining to accountability at the level of the individual institution concern institutional objectives regarding equitable allocation of resources, efficient decision-making processes concerning resource allocation, appropriate community involvement in relation to these allocations, and professional autonomy that is consistent with notions of public accountability. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Univ., Brisbane (Australia).
Note: Inaugural lecture delivered at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia, March 8, 1978).