ERIC Number: ED058465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
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Accountability in Higher Education.
Mortimer, Kenneth P.
This paper is an overview of accountability in higher education. Chapter 2 considers 3 major contexts for the term accountability: managerial accountability; accountability versus evaluation; and accountability versus responsibility. Chapter 3 examines the increasing pressures to be more accountable to external forces; i.e., executive agencies, and the public. Chapter 4 covers the question of accountability with institutions themselves. Three major difficulties in assessing internal accountability are presented: (1) the weaknesses of academic authority result in increased pressures to codify the faculty-administrative relationship; (2) lack of clearly defined goals and objectives are frequently matched with proposals to hold institutions more accountable through certain management techniques and by increased emphasis on student learning; (3) organizational complexity of colleges and universities often results in proposals for decentralized decisionmaking structures that are not sufficiently aware of legitimate demands for accountability. Chapter 5 considers some possible trends in accountability for the 1970s. An extensive bibliography on the literature concludes the report. (Author)
Descriptors: Accountability, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Governing Boards, Government Role, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Organization
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Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.