ERIC Number: ED202312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Some Random Observations on "A Study of State Oversight in Postsecondary Education."
Selden, William K.
Perspectives on state oversight in postsecondary education are considered. It is suggested that sufficient disclosures have been made to indicate that at least in recent years with the increased funding provided at the postsecondary level by government there has been enough fraudulence to warrant concern. The problem is to develop adequate oversight to keep fraudulence at a minimum without creating an undue burden on colleges and universities and without establishing a cumbersome bureaucratic structure for either public or private sectors of the economy. There has been difficulty in obtaining sufficient consensus among federal and state governments, educational institutions, and accrediting agencies to enact appropriate legislation and provide funds to deal with the problem of fraudulence. It is proposed that any expansion of external oversight of postsecondary education should not be limited to any one type of institution, and that strategies should involve both broad discretion and more specific standards. Although much attention has been directed to triad or tripartite relationships in accreditation among federal agencies, state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, there is also a balance of powers between the private and public sectors. Based on the assumption that government will better represent the interests of all people than will the private sector, there has been a trend toward greater strength for the public sector. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Accrediting Agencies, Agency Cooperation, Educational Malpractice, Educational Responsibility, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Legal Responsibility, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Standards, State Aid, State Government
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Colorado Springs, CO, July 1978).