ERIC Number: ED436827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
State Centralization, Autonomy, and the EA Professoriate: A Case Study.
Keedy, John; Heuts, Cindi
This paper presents a case study that examined trends in centralization and loss of autonomy in higher education. The study focused on the policy process through which one state both reduced its education administration (EA) programs and developed standards for administrator licensure. Participants (N=15) in the study included a legislator, an EA professor, a school of education dean, a legislative staffer, a prominent educator, the standards board director, and other stakeholders. Each was interviewed for an average of 45 minutes and the results were transcribed and analyzed. Two distinct phases (legislative oversight and consensus-building among stakeholders) emerged from the case analysis. In the first phase, two charismatic leaders were able to convince the legislature to cut EA programs, implement quality standards for entrance to EA programs, and establish standards for administrator licensure. EA professors had little influence during this phase because legislators perceived that universities were unable to reform from within; professors were seen as part of the problem. In the second phase, the policy-making process switched gears to a democratic, collegial model, as school-administrator standards were determined. This phase included behind-the-scene business community influences; stakeholder groups, mainly superintendents and principals; and, to some extent, EA professors. (Contains 19 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).