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ERIC Number: EJ764300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
University Mission and Identity for a Post Post-Public Era
Marginson, Simon
Higher Education Research and Development, v26 n1 p117-131 Mar 2007
The paper reflects on the implications of two influential albeit contrary movements affecting research universities in Australia (and many other nations): global rankings, which normalize the comprehensive science-based research university; and the policy emphasis on diversification. It critiques the global rankings developed by the "Times Higher Education Supplement" and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which tend to shift control over the definition and purpose of university activity to the rankings agencies themselves. Taken together, rankings and diversity pose for university executives and governing bodies the question of university mission and strategy. It is knowledge creation that distinguishes universities. To go to the root of mission and strategy is to revisit the academic fundamentals, focusing on the mixed public/private character of the core academic "products" of universities and on the internal ethical regimes essential to sustain free scholarship and research. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia