ERIC Number: ED202359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The State Legislative Process: Its Effect on the Governance of Higher Education.
McNeil, Donald R.
The relationship between the state legislature and governance in higher education is considered. Among the significant issues facing legislators and educators is the demand for comparable data, which can be useful for decision-making or can be misused to fit the views or objectives of a particular group. Issues about which there are many questions needing resolution are the following: state support of private higher education, providing access to education to adult learners, the effort toward centralization of educational activities through the formation of coordinating boards, and the move to regionalism. It is suggested that as costs go up, enrollments are leveling off, and money is scarce, institutional and legislative leaders are looking to regional planning, as opposed to statewide planning or absolute institutional autonomy as a better use of limited funds. It is proposed that regional approach within a state is as important as the regional approach at the interstate level. Coordination can help colleges to avoid wasteful duplication and harmful competition. The issue of regionalism is closely related to the role of the statewide coordinating group, which has to relate to both the governor and legislature on the one hand and to the educational establishment on the other. It is suggested that politics inevitably play a significant role in the decision-making arena of higher education. It is suggested that the increasing legislative demand for accountability is not interference by the government, nor is responsible budget cutting. It is proposed that interference occurs when the legislature impinges on the academic integrity of the institutions by attempting to make decisions about governance, institutional management, academic policy, and other institutional functions. (SW)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Coordination, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Governance, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Political Influences, Private Colleges, Regional Cooperation, Regional Planning, 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 (Tucson, AZ, 1977).