ERIC Number: ED434595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Systemic Change in Higher Education. Western Policy Exchange Project.
Richardson, Richard C., Jr.
The Western Policy Exchange Project is designed to help states assess the implications of environmental changes on their own higher education system. In roundtables and policy workshops, six Western states--Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Arizona, and Washington--looked for evidence of systemic change and proposed the following five hypotheses about how states change in purposeful ways: (1) changing the performance of state higher education systems requires coordinated leadership from elected and appointed officials, gubernatorial support, and a framework that involves public and private partnerships; (2) reliable and credible information about constituency needs is a prerequisite to establishing priorities that extend beyond problem-fixing; (3) development of consensus among key stakeholders about the nature of performance gaps and the most promising strategies for addressing them is critical; (4) to achieve purposeful and consistent change, incentives and disincentives in the state policy environment must support state priorities; and (5) to achieve purposeful and consistent improvement in performance of higher education systems, a statewide agency must be charged with collecting information about needs and performance and with using that information to build consensus about needed change. (Contains 23 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Regional Planning, State Colleges, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Systems Analysis
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752. Tel: 303-541-0200.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.