ERIC Number: ED288415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Problem of Complexity in Modern Higher Education. Working Paper No. 9.
Clark, Burton R.
Ways in which modern higher education has become complex are discussed, along with accommodations to cope with complexity. The growing diversity of tasks that modern higher education systems have undertaken has led to structural differentiation, which deconcentrates the overall system, and academic professionalism, within which academics specialize their interests and commitments in a widening array of subjects and institutions. Large countries may permit diffuse coverage of all subjects, while small countries have to be selective to invest in certain fields. State-guided limitations is one way to try to control complexity. In addition to such planned responses, there are adaptive profession-led and market-led forms of differentiation and integration. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the International Conference of the Swedish National Board of Universities and Colleges (Dalaro, Sweden, June 1-5, 1987).