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ERIC Number: ED427585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 18
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The Endless Pursuit of Efficiency: The International Movement To Increase Accountability and Performance in Higher Education. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Alexander, F. King
This paper examines the trend toward demanding increased accountability and efficiency by institutions of higher education in the United States and Europe and its implications for the relationship between government and the college or university. It notes that such factors as limited state resources, rising educational costs, and the growing demand for accessibility and equity have generated external pressures on higher education to become more accountable to its funding sources. Examples of specific reforms in the United States are mentioned, including performance-based funding, adjustments in faculty workload policies, and development of policies related to time-to-degree and faculty-per-degree ratios. Examples of reforms in Great Britain focus on the British Education Reform Act of 1988, which began the transition of power from local education authorities to the national government. Examples of the accountability trend from continental Europe are also provided. Discussion of societal demands and the accountability movement examines the effects on higher education of massification and limits on public expenditures. The paper concludes that higher education has evolved into a foundational component of national economic growth and reflects utilitarian views of higher education in which economic values are supreme and the quantification of fiscal resources are the true measure of value. (Contains 33 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States