ERIC Number: ED374749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Expanding Role of the State in Canadian Universities: Can University Autonomy and Accountability Be Reconciled? Discussion Series, Issue 3.
George, Peter J.; McAllister, James A.
In each Canadian province, governments appear to be more and more intrusive into the day-to-day operations of their universities. Governments in such provinces as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Alberta are concerned with making the universities more cost-effective and more "accountable" to the government and to the public at large. Interventions by government into Ontario's provincial system of higher education escalated when the provincial legislature authorized the Provincial Auditor's Office to examine the financial records of three Ontario universities. The audits resulted in establishment of a Task Force on University Accountability, which issued 47 recommendations intended to make universities more accountable. The provincial government also became involved in negotiating reductions in salaries, wages, and benefits for university and college employees and has implemented several initiatives which have swept up universities along with other institutions. Governments' attempts to make universities more accountable can be viewed as a form of conflict among various elite groups within those institutions and within society as a whole. A self-regulatory framework is proposed that would include graduate program quality appraisals and undergraduate program reviews, annual institutional accountability reports, and a system-wide performance indicators and outcomes report. (Contains 15 footnotes.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Governance, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Institutional Role, Self Management, State Action, State Government, Trend Analysis, Universities
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada