ERIC Number: ED309705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
System and Campus: A Structure for Excellence. The Chancellor's Report to the Board of Regents.
Massachusetts State Board of Regents of Higher Education, Boston.
A report by the Chancellor of the Massachusetts State Board of Regents notes that the effectiveness of public higher education in the state depends upon the excellence of the individual colleges and universities. Five sections deal respectively with: context; governance and coordination (stressing the need to act as a system); a proposal for restructuring (examining in turn the universities, the state colleges, and the community colleges); institutional boards of trustees; and structure and resources (discussing budgets, new sources of revenue, and the capital outlay process). Eight recommendations designed for a system of shared governance are as follows: there should be four universities within the Massachusetts system of public higher education, each with a distinctive identity and character and each with a President and Board of Trustees; each of the state colleges should be supported in the development of its distinctive identity and character and of effective campus governance; each of the community colleges should define its mission and seek a balance of programs appropriate to the region it serves; the Regents should work with the campuses to make the annual budget process more effective in achieving the goals of accountability, quality, and access; the Regents should seek legislation to establish a Public Higher Education Capital Endowment Fund; the Regents should continue to work with the Division of Capital Planning and Operations to streamline capital outlay procedures; the Regents should support the proposal to establish an Academic Review Panel; and within 5 years, the Regents should conduct a formal review of the effectiveness of the system's structure. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Board of Regents of Higher Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts