ERIC Number: ED202319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Maintenance of Academic Quality in a Time of Uncertainty.
Bonham, George W.
The problem of maintaining quality in higher education is addressed. It is suggested that there is a need to move from "managerialism" to concern for meeting individual rather than institutional needs. Progress in management information systems and efforts to improve accountability cannot be equated with achieving educational quality. The equalizing of funds to different colleges and universities has a leveling effect on institutional quality. It is proposed that the state's investment in training an associate-level computer programmer should not be the same cost as that for a molecular physicist or lawyer. In addition, it is claimed that there is a need for using the results of educational research when making educational policy decisions. For example, in spite of evidence indicating the value of smaller and more intimate learning settings, decision-makers have chosen larger and larger campus instructional units. A minimal government role, a conscious effort to deal with educational substance, and questioning about qualitative issues concerning human accomplishment are suggested as guidelines. It is proposed that there is nothing immoral about identifying and rewarding exceptional talent, and the public belief that quality is achieved by dividing educational resources equally among all is questioned. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Keystone, CO, July 1977).