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ERIC Number: ED528637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8018-9164-9
Privatizing the Public University: Perspectives from across the Academy
Morphew, Christopher C., Ed.; Eckel, Peter D., Ed.
Johns Hopkins University Press
With public colleges and universities facing substantial budget cuts and increased calls for accountability, more institutions now rely on private revenue streams for support. As market-driven policies and behaviors become more commonplace, some cautious critics sound the alarm, while others watching the bottom line cheer. But which perspective gets it right? Does the privatization of public higher education threaten its very mission or support it? In this collection of essays, economists, policy makers, political scientists, sociologists, and organizational researchers discuss the impact of privatization from their respective disciplinary perspectives and assess its implications for the future of higher education. Privatization may bring additional funds and services that are free from government regulations and oversight, but does it also allow private interests to have undue influence over public higher education? Should public universities have to compete in the economic marketplace as vigorously as they do in the marketplace of ideas? What are the implications when institutions of higher learning function like businesses? With privatization now a reality for most public colleges and universities, an objective examination of the issue from these diverse academic perspectives will be welcomed by those struggling with its challenges. This book begins with a preface. Contents include: (1) Privatizing the Public Research University (Stanley O. Ikenberry); (2) The Origins and Growth of State Policies That Privatize Public Higher Education (Michael K. McLendon and Christine G. Mokher); (3) Incomplete Contracts and the Political Economy of Privatization (Robert C. Lowry); (4) An Economist's Perspective on the Privatization of Public Higher Education (Robert Toutkoushian); (5) The Organizational Dynamics of Privatization in Public Research Universities (Peter D. Eckel and Christoper C. Morphew); (6) Governing the Privatized Public Research University (Gabriel Kaplan); (7) Policy Lessons from the Privatization of Public Agencies (Mark Stater); (8) Privatizing the Public European University (Carlo Salerno); (9) Toward a Clearer Understanding of Privatization (Peter D. Eckel and Christopher C. Morphew). An index is included. (Contains 5 line drawings.)
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States