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ERIC Number: ED452892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 25
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American Higher Education at the Rubicon: A Partnership for Progress.
Baker, George A., II
This paper provides a proposal that may help universities and community colleges support one another at a time when they are both testing the boundaries of their economic and intellectual resources. Critics agree that universities seem to have lost sight of their central purpose, and community colleges, in their growth, are now facing a massive need to replace aging faculty and administrators. Developing new credentialed administrators and faculty is a complex task and must involve several different organizations at the national, state, and local levels. With the American Association of Community Colleges (Washington, D.C.) at the helm, the federal and state governments, major associations, accreditation associations, and major foundations should contribute to the planning process. This paper attempts to analyze the human resource problem through three frames of reference, developed by the political analyst Graham Allison: (1) the rational actor; (2) the organizational process; and (3) bureaucratic politics. Using these as an organizational framework, the paper predicts how the organizations will behave and discusses how bureaucratic politics could be harnessed and focused at the national level to resolve the problems. (KS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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