ERIC Number: ED435350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education Trends (1997-1999): Policy and Governance. ERIC-HE Trends.
Kezar, Adrianna J.
The literature on higher education policy and governance has increased since the late 1980s, possibly in response to campuses' questioning of their traditional missions and processes, and focuses on five main areas: financial issues; assessment; accreditation and standards, especially for new forms of teaching and learning; nondiscrimination policies, particularly against racism and homophobia; and changing faculty roles, productivity, and tenure. Themes embedded within these areas include issues of public trust and accountability and accommodation of new environments and new students. An overview by Morsy and Altbach, "Higher Education in International Perspective: Critical Issues," provides insights for those trying to understand current policy issues at the macro level. The literature on governance, which tends to overlap the literature on policy, contains three common themes: the activism of boards and trustees, restructuring, and participatory governance. Lacking in the literature is research on quality in higher education, diversity as it relates to governance, and the impact of state policy on governance. (Contains 48 references.) (JM)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Administrative Organization, College Faculty, Diversity (Institutional), Diversity (Student), Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Experimental Teaching, Faculty College Relationship, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Homosexuality, Institutional Evaluation, Literature Reviews, Money Management, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, School Restructuring, Social Discrimination, Tenure, Trustees
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.