ERIC Number: ED246700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Response to Adversity: Higher Education in a Harsh Climate. SRHE Monograph 53.
Williams, Gareth; Blackstone, Tessa
Issues pertaining to the prospect of decline in British higher education are considered. The following topics are addressed: The 1963 report of the Committee on Higher Education (Robbins Report), the pattern of change in higher education over the past 20 years; the basic issues of scope, diversity, access, and public service; patterns of participation in college--demand and access; degree programs; grants and loans; autonomy, tenure, and the academic profession; the quality of teachers and instruction; the relationship between research and teaching; management models; and higher education policy and resource allocation. It is projected that in the future there will be a call for research and development for industry and government, for continuing education for adults, and for public service to meet the needs of local and national communities. Two-year degrees are recommended to help survive the harsh climate. Further essential ingredients would be robust institutional management, fixed-term contracts for senior academic posts, together with systematic evaluation of performance. An article on international comparisons in higher education by Ladislav Cerych is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Access to Education, Budgeting, Change Strategies, College Administration, College Faculty, College Instruction, Continuing Education, Declining Enrollment, Degrees (Academic), Educational Demand, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Public Service, Research Needs, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, Student Financial Aid, Trend Analysis
Humanities Press, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 ($15.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research into Higher Education, Ltd., London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; Robbins Report (England)
Note: Papers from a Seminar of the Leverhulme Programme of Study into the Future of Higher Education (10th, 1983).