ERIC Number: ED112779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability or Autonomy in the Universities?
Fieldhouse, A. E.
The concern for accountability in New Zealand universities is discussed in terms of policy making. Several questions are addressed: What is the nature of accountability? How does it originate? What is the manner of its growth? What is its effect upon the university's character and functioning? What is meant by academic freedom? Why do academics regard it so highly? It is concluded that academic freedom and university autonomy are indispensable to the well-being of a liberal democratic society. The university, as a part of such a society, must use its freedom and autonomy in a responsible manner. The problem becomes one of mutual understanding and trust. What disturbs academics at the present time is the apparent lack of understanding of academic freedom with a consequent lack of faith and trust in the universities. Such freedom is seen as a necessary condition of the highest efficiency and the proper progress of academic institutions, and encroachments upon their liberty would diminish their efficiency and hinder their development. (LBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ. of Wellington (New Zealand).
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand