ERIC Number: ED486559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
State Governance Action Annual 2004. Balancing Act: Public Higher Education in Transition
Johnson, Neal C.; Longanecker, David A.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
In this annual report, AGB's Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance provides an up-to-date and insightful description of current state-level policy discussions and actions, many of which could significantly alter the nature of higher education governance in America. Some to the ideas presented in this report may not, on the surface, appear to be governance issues, per se; they more directly address finance or accountability policies. But the way in which these finance and accountability issues end up being resolved might well affect college and university governance more profoundly than any of the specific proposals to reorganize. The description of the balancing of interests between haves and have-nots in this report is extremely important. It speaks not only to the importance in public policy of assuring access to higher education for students from have and have-not backgrounds but also to the importance of assuring that have and have-not institutions can continue to serve their respective, and equally important, missions. Yes, Americans are proud of the elite institutions because, thanks to them, America is revered as having the greatest system of higher education in the world. Yet most higher education in this country is not provided by these have institutions to have students; it is offered to middle-class and poor students in institutions with a modest capacity to support themselves. America has been exceptionally well served by its highly valued system of public higher education--but will continue to be so only if Americans sustain and strengthen its diversity.
Descriptors: Higher Education, State Action, Accountability, Governance, Public Policy, Socioeconomic Background, Educational Finance, Geographic Regions
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.