ERIC Number: ED177974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
The Future of Higher Education in the 1980s: Boom? Doom? Gloom? Bloom?
Millard, Richard M.
Trends and changing conditions likely to affect state higher education boards and their functions, and responses to the changes are the focus of this paper. Three underlying factors are identified--that all changes will not affect all states in the same way, that no two state boards are exactly alike, and that many of the more recently established boards, in particular, were set up to deal with rapid growth and may not be designed or empowered to function with the radically changed conditions. Among the changing trends identified are enrollment projections and demographic information, growing fiscal restraints, increasing concern with accountability (especially at the state level), recognizing social justice issues (for such groups as women, the handicapped, and the economically disadvantaged), and the relationship between the higher education board and the executive and legislative branches of government. It is concluded that the picture is more one of gloom and doom than bloom and boom, but that it also offers the opportunity for the development of a leaner but healthier system of higher education. Six recommendations are made, including that more attention be directed to performance criteria. (PHR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Policy, Attitude Change, Competency Based Education, Cost Effectiveness, Demography, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, State Boards of Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Paper presented at the Inservice Education Program Seminar for Members of Statewide Coordinating and Governing Boards held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (26th, Santa Fe, NM, July 31, 1979)