ERIC Number: EJ852990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Systemic Responsiveness in Tertiary Education: An Agenda for Reform
Tierney, William G.
Higher Education Management and Policy, v16 n2 p73-93 2004
Over the last several years the author conducted 126 interviews and held four focus groups with academic staff, administrators and others associated with Australian universities, about the problems and challenges they believed faced the system of tertiary education. Widespread concern and pessimism pervaded the interviews about the future of tertiary education in Australia. Approximately three quarters of the interviewees said that the system was worse, or certainly no better, today than a decade ago; a similar number held out little hope that the system would improve, if not deteriorate further, in a decade. In this article the author outlines what he sees as systemic barriers to change and then offers suggestions for overcoming those barriers and enacting reform.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Interviews, Barriers, Educational Improvement, Educational Principles, College Environment, Politics of Education, Role of Education, Educational Policy, Change Strategies, Educational Finance, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, College Administration, Government School Relationship, Administrative Principles, Educational Innovation, Institutional Characteristics, International Education, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Institutional Mission, Centralization, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia