ERIC Number: ED187175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Policy Making in Higher Education: Implications for Preparing Educational Leaders.
Nelson, James H.
Policy-making is viewed as a complex and unorganized process. Several aspects are examined: political, rational, collegial, and eclectic. The political model is chosen as that closest to the educational policy-making process. Theories of that process in higher education institutions are examined. Recommendations for programs to prepare educational administrators for leadership in policy-making include: (1) strengthening the portions of programs concerned with development of information systems within institutions, and the related areas of planning, evaluation, institutional research, and policy analysis; (2) training in conflict management, including organizational change; (3) emphasis on the policy formation process, as distinguished from policy adoption; and (4) encouraging educational leaders to look at their responsibilities broadly, in the context of the interactive systems in which they work. A brief list of references is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Inter-American Congress on Educational Administration (Brasilia, Brazil, December 10-14, 1979)