ERIC Number: ED202321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Present Trends in Power Relations Between Government and Higher Education (The Province of Ontario as a Case in Point).
Venton, J. Peter
Power relations between government and higher education in Ontario, Canada, with specific reference to financing and to graduate program development, are addressed. The types of postsecondary institutions and the roles of the Ontario Council on University Affiars (OCUA) and the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) are identified. It is suggested that the government's actions from 1972-73 to 1975-76 resulted in a reduction in the university's power to maintain its revenues even at a minimal level and that the system's power will be further diminished in the next three years. However, institutions have retained the power to make decisions on the allocation of their revenues, to set academic standards on admission and graduation, and to develop new undergraduate programs. In the graduate realm, the universities have also lost a measure of power to develop new programs, and they may stand to lose even more power to maintain some existing programs in the next several years. However, the COU has power to make decisions on the quality of existing graduate programs. The role of the OCUA in serving as a mediator between the government and the universities is concluded to be important in the years ahead. (SW)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Agency Role, College Planning, College Role, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Financial Problems, Foreign Countries, Governance, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Power Structure, Public Policy, Retrenchment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting 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: Council of Ontario Universities; Ontario; Ontario Council on University Affairs; Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO)
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Big Sky, MT, August 1977).