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ERIC Number: EJ771892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
The Incentive System in Higher Education
Landfried, Klaus
European Education, v36 n2 p60-64 Sum 2004
In this article, the author discusses the incentive system in German higher education. He states that the underdeveloped incentive and management mechanisms in German higher education result in mistaken allocations in the higher education system in general and in some individual institutions in particular. He believes that the only way to optimize processes or resource utilization is to adopt more elements of competition in the higher education system, through predominantly positive sanctions of services. In science, incentive systems should be nonmaterial, not just financial, that is, they should operate via improvements in working conditions. Financial inputs concentrate on financing higher education itself and paying employee salaries. Transparent, scientifically sound procedures for allocating funds to higher education can have an incentive effect. The days of watering-can funding or funding on the basis of some incidental, historically evolved "need" are over, henceforth, funding should be governed by universally agreed guidelines oriented to the compass and quality of a university's performance. [This report was translated by Stephen Naron.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany