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Lehan, Tara J. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2020
To protect human subjects to the fullest extent possible, stakeholders must make time to reflect as well as engage in continuous-improvement efforts regularly using a rigorous framework. At one completely online university that primarily grants graduate degrees, stakeholders informally expressed complaints relating to various policies and…
Descriptors: Research Administration, Virtual Universities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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MacFarlane, Karen – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2019
The UK higher education system has become increasingly competitive and stratified prompting calls for a reclaiming of the civic role of universities. This paper argues that, if HE is to reclaim its civic function then civic engagement needs to move beyond being a separate strand of activity for universities, instead becoming a guiding principle.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, College Role, Institutional Mission
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Konstantinidis-Pereira, Alicja – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
This paper summarises a new method of grouping postgraduate taught (PGT) courses introduced at Oxford Brookes University as a part of a Portfolio Review. Instead of classifying courses by subject, the new cluster approach uses statistical methods to group the courses based on factors including flexibility of study options, level of specialisation,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Portfolios (Background Materials), Statistical Analysis, Classification
Birds, Rachel – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2014
This paper examines the role of reflexivity in supporting middle managers in understanding and facilitating large-scale change management projects in their organisations. Utilising an example from a UK university, it is argued that the development of a conceptual model to fit local circumstances enables deeper understanding and better informed…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Educational Change
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Ruebain, David – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2012
Perhaps more than any other country in Europe, the UK has well-established equality law and practice, originating with the Race Relations Act of 1965, but based on a longer history of struggle for equality. In 2011 public bodies, including higher education institutions (HEIs), were required to respond to the implementation of the Equality Act…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Race, Racial Relations, Social Change
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Sabzalieva, Emma – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2012
This paper argues that universities do have responsibilities to their wider communities, and that those responsibilities--or that "engagement"--should be managed in a way that is not solely dictated by the university. The paper, which focuses on UK universities, first explains why the contemporary context makes it important to consider…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Community Relationship, Case Studies, Models
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Cobb, Chris – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2012
Most UK universities can trace their current management information systems back to significant investments made in the 1990s, largely fuelled by concerns about the millenium bug and a change from character interfaces to graphical user interfaces following the introduction of the personal computer. It was during this period that institutions also…
Descriptors: Management Information Systems, Foreign Countries, Computer Interfaces, Technology Uses in Education
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Shah, Mahsood; Nair, Chenicheri Sid – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2011
The renewal of quality assurance in Australian higher education comes at a time when the higher education sectors in Australia and around the world are experiencing a number of key challenges. These include: ongoing decline in public funding of universities; the massification of higher education and demand for it during global recession;…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Surveys, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Roger – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2011
There has been a resurgence of interest in good practice in university governance. This may be due to a number of high profile vice-chancellor (and governor) departures, and especially the crisis at London Metropolitan University, where the Vice-Chancellor resigned in March 2009 following overclaimed public funding as a result of inaccurately…
Descriptors: Governance, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Leadership Styles
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Wepner, Shelley B.; Wilhite, Stephen C.; D'Onofrio, Antonia – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to describe how vignettes can be used during an institution's interview process for an education dean. Education deans are confronted with personnel, programmatic, student, and organisational dilemmas on a daily basis. The fundamental responsibilities of the position require education deans to have a strong sense of…
Descriptors: Deans, Job Applicants, Self Concept, Employment Interviews
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Lemass, Brett; Stace, Ray – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2010
It is well recognised in the literature that at most academic institutions teaching is undervalued in status and financial terms when compared to research. This article addresses important issues about how higher education managers and administrators can provide transparent navigation guides to what is deemed to constitute high-quality teaching at…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Models
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Bacon, Edwin – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2009
An emerging literature is beginning to create a theoretical framework for analysing the role of professional managers in the context of UK higher education. In this article, the author argues, drawing from his own experience in a range of higher education institutions, that this literature misses a crucial distinction amongst professional managers…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Professional Services, Models, Foreign Countries
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Hammond, Nick – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2009
Institutional research (IR) has a variety of definitions. International societies, such as the US-based Association for Institutional Research (AIR), stress not so much the topics of research, but the outcomes: "improved understanding, planning, management, and operation of postsecondary educational institutions and agencies";…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Student Evaluation, Classification
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Tolmie, Fiona – Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education, 2005
This paper examines the approach of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to institutional strategy and planning, set out in 2000 in "Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Guide for Heads of Institutions, Senior Managers and Members of Governing Bodies" ("the Guide"). It considers the general lack of…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Higher Education, Educational Planning, Decision Making