ERIC Number: ED421943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Cultural Change and Continuity. IHE Perspectives.
This paper argues that for institutions of higher education, the nature, extent, and duration of cultural change are directly related to concurrent social, technological, and organizational changes. It outlines social changes since World War II and suggests that the results of cumulative change in the past account for much of the current pressure for sudden or radical change. Discussion of organizational change finds that colleges and universities with hierarchical structures and centralized staffs are likely to experience pressures to diversify their various functions, programs, services, and activities and at the same time resist change. Implications of the rush to embrace technological innovations at institutions of higher education are considered. Also addressed are implications of cultural changes in society that result in the teaching and research interests of faculty lagging behind the learning needs and interests of students. The paper concludes with an emphasis on the importance of continuity in institutional leadership and perspectives that are historical, comparative, and developmental. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Change, Cultural Influences, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Leadership, Organizational Change, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Inst. of Higher Education.