ERIC Number: ED373667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Managerialism and the Academic Profession: Quality and Control. Higher Education Report No. 2.
Trow, Martin; Clark, Paul
This publication consists of an essay entitled "Managerialism and the Academic Profession: The Case of England," by Martin Trow, along with a commentary on the essay by Paul Clark. Trow argues that over the past decade British higher education has undergone a more profound reorientation than any other system among industrial societies. Conservative governments since 1979 have utilized "managerialism" to more directly control universities, linking funding to outside assessments of research and teaching quality. This has weakened the autonomy of British universities and led to mistrust between the government and educators. The essay concludes that valid assessment of teaching and research can only be accomplished by the universities themselves. Clark's commentary questions many of the assertions made in Trow's essay, maintaining that the current system of research and teaching assessment was created with the input of the universities and that the assessment committees are largely composed of academics from the universities. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Administration, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Institutional Evaluation, Politics of Education, Program Evaluation, Quality Control, Universities
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Open Univ., London (England). Quality Support Centre.