From the Eye of the Storm

From the Eye of the Storm : Higher Education's Changing Institution

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In order to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary - the third lustrum - of our Center, we at CHEPS decided to collectively write a book on the issue of how higher education institutions deal with the demand for change. Institutional change is without any doubt one of the burning issues for researchers in higher education and policy studies in general, but even more so for administrators at the institutional level (institutional leadership, deans) and planners of higher education in public life (government agencies, intermediary organisations, international organisations). Whereas the lustrumbook we wrote for our second lustrum concentrated on comparative policy studies, many of them focusing on comparisons between different national higher education systems, this time the object of our analyses is the institution itself. Today's higher education institutions are faced by demands from a multitude of actors - from inside the institution (students, staff) as well as from the institution's environment (governments, employers, research councils, sponsors). These demands require changes in policy, practice, systems, and culture. The ways in which institutions respond to these demands and how their behaviour may be understood and predicted is the challenge tackled by the authors of this volume, each from their own perspective and each looking at different aspects of the educational organisation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 24mm | 639.56g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • XVI, 316 p.
  • 0792360656
  • 9780792360650

Table of contents

Contributors. Preface. 1. Introduction: Organisational adaptation in higher education; P. Maassen, et al. 2. People on a bridge: Central European higher education institutions in a storm of reform; D.F. Westerheijden, K. Sorensen. 3. Academic staff between threat and opportunity: Changing employment and conditions of service; E. de Weert, L. van Vucht Tijssen. 4. Internationalisation as a cause for innovation in higher education: A comparison between European cooperation and the Dutch cross-border cooperation programme; M. van der Wende, et al. 5. Assessing institutional change at the level of the faculty: Examining faculty motivations and new degree programmes; I. Jenniskens, C. Morphew. 6. New study programmes at universities: Strategic adaptation versus institutional adjustment; J. Huisman, L. Meek. 7. Budgeting at the institutional level: responding to internal pressures and external opportunities; B. Jongbloed, H. van der Knoop. 8. Marketisation, hybrid organisations and accounting in higher education; J. Koelman, P. de Vries. 9. Hey, big spender! Institutional responsiveness to student demand; H.J.J. Vossensteyn, I.R. Dobson. 10. Analysis of institutions of university governance: A classification scheme applied to postwar changes in Dutch higher education; H. de Boer, B. Denters. 11. Institutional change in doctoral education: The graduate school; J. Bartelse, L. Goedegebuure. 12. Higher education policies and institutional response in Flanders: Instrumental analysis and cultural theory; O. van Heffen, et al. 13. Integrating two theoretical perspectives on organisational adaptation; P. Maassen, A. Gornitzka.
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Review quote

`This book describes and catalogues changes which have taken place, rather then critiquing them. It aims at an impartial stance, which is in contrast with many books in this area. It makes a valuable contribution to the discourse of change in higher education and gives food for thought to the many who are interested in such change.'
David Crowter in Prometheus, The Journal of Issues in Technological Change, Innovation, Information, Economics, Communications and Science Policy, 21:3
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