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ERIC Number: ED434629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 212
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Academic Capitalism and Accountability in Higher Education.
Barnetson, Robert James
This dissertation examines performance-based funding in higher education in Alberta (Canada) using a case study that examined government funding of public higher education in that province. Six hypothesized goals for performance-based funding were developed from the literature, and relevant government documents were analyzed in terms of these goals. The study concluded that: (1) While Alberta's government did seek to increase institutional accountability, it did not introduce performance-based funding to achieve this end; rather, a closely related reporting framework to increase institutional accountability was introduced; (2) Alberta's government did seek to increase institutional responsiveness to governmental goals by introducing performance-based funding; (3) Alberta's government did seek to increase institutional productivity by introducing performance-based funding, although the definition of productivity used might be inadequate to realize increased productivity; (4) Alberta's government did not introduce performance-based funding as a politically feasible way to increase government transfers to institutions; (5) Alberta's government introduced performance-based funding to facilitate the introduction of a broader policy agenda consistent with academic capitalism (i.e., aligning the activities of higher education with the needs of capitalism); and (6) it was not clear whether Alberta's government introduced performance-based funding to legitimize the introduction of a broader policy agenda. (Contains approximately 275 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada