ERIC Number: ED496404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
The Dangers of Public Higher Education's Unplanned Future
Ikenberry, Stanley O.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v12 n4 Jul-Aug 2004
There is cause for concern about the future of public higher education. The unease is driven in part by the recent cuts in state funding of most public universities and by the harsh reality that today's strains are merely a continuation of a three-decade-long trend driven by systemic tensions in state budgets. Arguably of greater moment is the fact that the apparent transformation of public higher education is occurring piecemeal, campus by campus, state by state, absent any overarching design, significant national debate, or studied assessment of the broader implications. This situation may be inevitable, but when weighed against the broader public interest and the needs of the nation as a whole, it offers little comfort that public higher education will be all it needs to be in the future. In order to secure the future of public colleges and universities, a national dialogue is needed to discuss funding, pricing, governance, and society's expectations for public post-secondary education.
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Educational Development, Policy Formation, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.