ERIC Number: ED202339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Dealing with Dwindling Resources.
Martorana, S. V.
Factors contributing to the struggle for survival faced by postsecondary institutions and ways to deal with dwindling resources, in particular by regionalism and regionalization, are considered. Among the contributing factors are the leveling off of the college-age population (18-21-year-olds), the declining status of advanced learning in American society, and the possibly continuing decline in financial support. One possible response is for colleges and universities to make the human and material resources they already have stretch further. Five dilemmas that confront resource use coordinators are as follows: how to maintain institutional autonomy; whether decisions should be made by consensus, majority vote, or edict; how to implement decisions in light of expanding collective bargaining; and how to obtain staffing and other resources to do the work of resource allocators. It is suggested that regionalism in higher education is emerging as a middle-ground position in state-level coordination and planning for higher education and may avoid both monolithic, centralized statewide control and a bad market model. Based on preliminary findings of a national study, it is suggested that regional cooperation between institutions be officially recognized by by an authoritative agency in the state. Official recognition can separate the concept of regionalism as an aspect of statewide planning and coordination of postsecondary education from the more general phenomenon of voluntary consortium arrangements among institutions. Thirty-one states have engaged in study of regionalizing postsecondary education, and 47 patterns of regionalization have been identified. Seven states have moved into regionalization by virtue of an enabling statutory action. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion 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.