ERIC Number: ED496503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Changing Higher Education: Realistic Goal or Wishful Thinking?
Diamond, Robert M.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n6 Nov-Dec 2006
The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education asks colleges and universities to become more accountable to the public, more accessible to students from the broad spectrum of society, more proactive in responding to international competition, and more purposeful in reducing their costs. This report is the latest in a number of studies, task force reports, books and articles calling for significant change in how colleges and universities do business. Higher education, unfortunately, has a long history of calls for significant change and of efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of what it does. Yet despite all the data, recommendations, and the many efforts to improve higher education, little has changed for the better. With this uninspiring track record, is it realistic to expect this latest report to have great impact? This article reviews some of the reasons institutions resist change, some of the prerequisites for implementing fundamental and lasting change, and the importance of asking the right questions at the right time.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Accountability, Resistance to Change, Change Agents, Governing Boards, Goal Orientation, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.