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Positioning Higher Education Institutions: From Here to There.

PRITCHARD, ROSALIND M O, PAUSITS, ATTILA and WILLIAMS, JAMES, eds. (2016) Positioning Higher Education Institutions: From Here to There. (Many of these chapters were developed from a conference held by the European Association of Institutional Research (EAIR) in Krems, Austria, in 2015). ROTTERDAM. 269 pp. SENSE. ISBN 9789463006590 [Book (edited)]

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Abstract

Higher education is of growing public and political importance for society and the economy. Globalisation is transforming it from a local and national concern into one of international significance. In order to fulfil societal, governmental and business sector needs, many universities are aiming to (re-)position themselves. The book initially considers their “compass”. They aspire to transformational planning, mission and strategy in which social justice is important, people are not treated as mere means to an end, and traditional moral positions are respected. This transformational urge is sometimes vitiated by blunt demands of new public management that overlook universities’ potential for serving the public good. The volume then addresses universities’ success in meeting their targets. Often the challenge in evaluation is the need to reconcile tensions, for example between structure and pastoral care of students; institutional competition and collaboration; roles of academics and administrators; performance-based funding versus increased differentiation. Measurement is supposed to provide discipline, align institutional and state policy, and provide a vital impetus for change. Yet many of these measurement instruments are not fully fit for purpose. They do not take sufficient account of institutional missions, either of “old” or of specialist universities; and sophisticated measurement of the student experience requires massive resources. Change and positioning have become increasingly key elements of a complex but heterogeneous sector requiring new services and upgraded instruments.

Item Type:Book (edited)
Keywords:VISION, VALUES, MISSION, STRATEGY, INSTITUTIONAL PERFORMANCE, INSTITUTIONAL POSITIONING, EUROPEAN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES, QUALITY ASSURANCE, PUBLIC VALUE, PHD SUPERVISION
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:38658
Deposited By: Prof Rosalind Pritchard
Deposited On:21 Sep 2017 11:03
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:31

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