ERIC Number: ED402821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Efficiency in Public Higher Education: Administrative Reform and Redundancy. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Arnold, James C.; And Others
This study examined the state of Oregon's efforts at administrative reform in public higher education. The early stages of implementation of the Higher Education Administrative Efficiency Act initiated by Oregon during the 1995 session were analyzed. Four factors were found to be primarily responsible for the need to reform public higher education in Oregon: (1) the presence of financial, social, and political factors; (2) widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo; (3) supportive internal leadership; and (4) timing. The study reinforced the proposition that professional development is an essential part of the successful implementation of public policy. In the early stages of implementing the Act, there was a wide disparity between how successful mid- and upper-level administrators perceived implementation to be. Street-level administrators viewed their new responsibilities under the Act as detracting from human efficiencies, while upper-level administrators viewed increased autonomy as a positive contributor to human efficiency. The study concluded that areas which affect the development and implementation of large-scale administrative change efforts include communication within the organization, access to staff development activities, and the use of available technologies to ease difficulties associated with implementing administrative reform. (Contains 18 references.) (PRW)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrator Attitudes, Change Strategies, College Administration, Educational Administration, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Politics of Education, Public Administration, Public Colleges, Public Policy, State Legislation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State System of Higher Education, Portland. Office of Academic Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon