ERIC Number: ED235757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Nailing Jello to the Wall. Forum: What Progress Are the States Making in Initiating Higher Education Reform?
The relationship between state government and higher education institutions is discussed. It is noted that, by and large, state governments have left colleges alone until the past two decades. State intrusions have taken the form of accountability statutes, budgeting, performance audits, program review, minimum standards, sunset laws, and more powerful state governing boards. Because of changing demographic, economic, and social trends, the public still wants proof of better management in higher education. Such demand should be limited to appropriate topics and should be expressed through a mechanism sensitive to both public and institutional interests. Both society and higher education would be assisted in this oversight partnership by an attitude adjustment, better staffing, adequate information, and improved communication. Higher education's best chance is in candid assessment of the problems that lie ahead and in frank discussion of the decisions. Six current events affecting California's community colleges are described that are departures from the past treatment of this sector. These developments include the following: a reduction for the curriculum of about $30 million; a narrowing of the community college mission; a plan to implement tuition; and basing state aid on new standards. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, Community Colleges, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Governance, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Intervention, Public Education, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, State Aid, State Boards of Education, State Colleges, State Standards, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (Minneapolis, MN, October 1982).