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ERIC Number: ED028685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Pages: 39
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Effecting Change in Institutions of Higher Education.
Clark, David L.; Guba, Egon G.
The argument of this paper on systematic change in institutions of higher education is that "(1) there are identifiable functions which appear to be necessary in effecting a program of planned change in an institution and/or a social process field; (2) colleges and universities do not presently seem to be engaging in systematic efforts to carry out these functions; (3) the gap between what is needed and what is done can probably be explained on several counts...but...its existence accounts for the rigidity of programs in such settings and the low level of institutional development which threatens the role of the university as a significant change agent in our society." Section I presents the logical structure of the change process and includes an 8-category classification schema developed to describe the process. Section II describes how the functions discussed in Section I are currently "illogically" attended to in American colleges and universities. Section III attempts to explain the dysfunction between the logic of the change process and academic cultural and behavioral patterns; and Section IV identifies strategies for change that the universities should adopt if they want to preserve their culture. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. for the Study of Educational Change, Bloomington, IN.