ERIC Number: ED202346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: N/A
Accountability, Conflict, and Academic Freedom in Higher Education.
Leslie, Larry L.
The issues of accountability, conflict, and academic freedom in higher education and the relationship between institutions and state coordinating boards (governing boards, voluntary and compulsory coordinating boards, and planning agencies) are addressed. The causes and nature of the inherent conflict between state coordinating bodies and postsecondary institutions are discussed, with reference to the goals and values of each sector. Both institutions and boards have legitimate claims on many of the same or similar postsecondary powers. It is suggested that if both sides would recognize the other's legal authority, both parties might develop a more conciliatory attitude toward the other. Because all decisions regarding state-institutional relations are value laden, there is a need to seek a balance between the differences between the two groups. Values basic to state agencies are the efficient use of resources and the promotion of institutional responsiveness. Institutions insist that they must be left alone if they are to satisfy such purposes as the critical evaluation of society and the transmission and advancement of learning and wisdom. Institutions want both academic freedom and institutional autonomy. A typical accountability question being asked by state boards is the cost to produce one baccalaureate degree. Holding organizations and their actors accountable for performance is one of the prime purposes of managerial control or accountability. An attempt is made to identify the proper areas of power and authority for states and institutions, and a hypothetical case study is presented for discussion purposes. (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.