ERIC Number: EJ852972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Reconstitution of Academic Governance
Balch, Stephen H.
Academic Questions, v17 n1 p67-72 Dec 2003
In the humanities and social sciences--where partisan passions color research and teaching--higher education tends to become an intellectually closed shop. Stephen Balch recommends that, in such fields, the intellectual marketplace be reopened through a reconfiguring of academic governance informed by Madisonian principles. He contends that policy should address two related goals: encouraging as much rational discourse within an adversarial field as possible, while inhibiting the formation of intellectual monopolies based purely on organizational clout. That means that structural reforms should be considered that both draw academic adversaries into sustained reasoned discourse and afford some institutional shelter for diverse views.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Sciences, Governance, Humanities, Educational Objectives, Academic Discourse, Educational Change, Personal Autonomy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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