ERIC Number: ED333849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-5
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a European Higher Education Policy? Possibilities and Potentialities.
Mc-Daniel, Olaf C.
One of a series of studies related to the Delphi research project: "Policy Instruments for Higher Education in the Western Europe of the Future", this paper presents the issue of internationalization of European higher education through three types of data. First, analysis of present European Community (EC) initiatives on education showed that a number of successful programs have already developed. However, the next stage of cooperation cannot be established without coordination between the higher education structures within various countries. Second, an analysis of the results of a survey of 700 experts from 17 countries concluded that for some areas the expectations for a European higher education policy are auspicious. Yet, another layer of bureaucracy may not help produce quality higher education. A review of the United States higher education structure in which the states have primary responsibility while the federal government imposes some policies, found that such a structure may serve as a model. But, conditions in Europe may not be favorable for such a system. The results of these examinations indicate that the current changes in Europe call for a supra-national higher education policy, that a supra-national body should have a stimulating, not administrative function, and that there exit several important obstacles to this type of education policy. Notes and 33 references are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Political Influences
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Netherlands Ministry of Education and Sciences, The Hague.
Identifiers: Europe; European Community; Internationalism; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the European Association of Research and Development in Higher Education (6th, October 1-5, Berlin, Germany). For related documents, see HE 024 704-708.