ERIC Number: ED144489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Problems of Access in the Context of Academic Structures. Yale Higher Education Program Working Paper.
Clark, Burton R.
We need conceptual assistance in thinking about access to higher education, systematic categories that will help us analyze and compare the national academic structures that condition problems of access and solutions thereto. An approach that centers on basic structure directs attention to the heavy historical momentum of massive systems of higher education and encourages a long-run view of innovations, releasing us from the need to write the latest chapter on current events. Even small advances in the system ordinarily require time spans of five to ten years, or even a quarter of a century, instead of the one- and two-year periods within which political and administrative thinking is so often cast. A structural view that is informed by a sense of historical development also points to country-by-country variation in solutions to current problems. Questions of access must be located in the broad matrices of different national structures. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Comparative Education, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Problems, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study
Program of Comparative and Historical Studies of Higher Education, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1732 Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.