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ERIC Number: ED426643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
The Challenges and Opportunities Facing Higher Education: An Agenda for Policy Research.
Jones, Dennis; Ewell, Peter; McGuinness, Aims
This report examines the changing nature of higher education policy and the fact that many policy assumptions are no longer valid, and sets out a research agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education (NCPPHE). It discusses how the growing importance of higher education, and postsecondary education in general, is affecting individuals, employers, and society, and the role of the states in supporting higher education. The report then reviews the changing nature of higher education policy, focusing on mission and program approval, governance, regulation, financing and resource allocation, quality assurance, reporting requirements, setting public priorities, and policy leadership. It is argued that policymakers will have to adopt a broader definition of higher education, recognize that postsecondary education will increasingly come in "bites" that are bigger than existing courses but smaller than existing programs, and respond to the growing demand for certification of the resulting learning that comes in these smaller bites. The report concludes that NCPPHE should develop a research agenda that focuses on new ideas and conceptual structures, formulating a public agenda, experience and action-research, good practice in the design and use of policy tools, and commentary on the inevitable policy fads. (MDM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A