Structuring Mass Higher Education: The Role of Elite Institutionsby David Palfreyman, Ted Tapper
Pub. Date: 10/22/2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Undoubtedly the most important development in higher education in recent years has been the seemingly inexorable expansion of national systems. In a comparatively short time period many countries have moved from an elite to a mass model. Furthermore, expansion has invariably changed the whole experience of higher education for all the interested parties from,
Undoubtedly the most important development in higher education in recent years has been the seemingly inexorable expansion of national systems. In a comparatively short time period many countries have moved from an elite to a mass model. Furthermore, expansion has invariably changed the whole experience of higher education for all the interested parties from, presidents, rectors and vice-chancellors to first-term undergraduates.
Structuring Mass Higher Education examines the impact of this change upon the existing national structures of higher education. It also defines and highlights what makes an ‘elite’ university something which institutions must strive for in order to gain their position as global players. With case studies and contributions from a wide range of international authors, the book explores questions such as:
- Do higher education institutions retain a national significance, even though the vestiges of an international reputation have long faded?
- Has expansion undermined the quality of higher education because governments sought to expand "on the cheap"?
- Is the elite institutional response to mass higher education perceived as a threat to be responded to with purposeful action that sustains their elite status?
- Does the emergence of the international league tables pose a challenge to those responsible for governing elite institutions?
These are critical issues with which both policy-makers and institutional leaders will have to grapple over the next ten years, making Structuring Mass Higher Education a timely, relevant, and much needed text. It will appeal to policy makers and practitioners within higher education as well as student and scholars worldwide.
Table of Contents
Foreword Sheldon Rothblatt
1. Structuring Mass Higher Education: Interpreting the Process of Change Ted Tapper and David Palfreyman
Part I: Structural Change in Systems of Higher Education
2. U.S. Higher Education: Contemporary Challenges, Policy Options James Fairweather
3. Structural Changes in Higher Education: The Case of the United Kingdom Peter Scott
4. Nordic Higher Education in Transition Agnete Vabø and Per Olaf Aamodt
5. Latin American Higher Education: Hope in the Struggle? Alma Maldonado-Maldonado
6. Higher Education in India: The Challenge of Change N. Jayaram
7. The German ‘Excellence Initiative’ and its Role in Restructuring the National Higher Education Landscape Barbara M. Kehm and Peer Pasternack
8. South Africa’s Elite Universities in the Oost-Apartheid Era, 1994-2007 Andre Kraak
9. The Legacy of Planning: Higher Education Development in China Kai-Ming Cheng, Yan Wang and Su-Yan Pan
10. Excellence in Dutch Higher Education: Handle with Care Frans Kaiser and Hans Vossensteyn
11. Polish Higher Education in Transition: Between Policy Making and Autonomy Ireneusz Bialecki and Malgorzata Dabrowa-Szefler
Part II: Elite Institutions in the Age of Mass Higher Education
12. What is an ‘Elite’ or ‘Leading Global’ University? David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper
13. Elite Higher Education in France: Tradition and Transition Cécile Deer
14. The Elite Public Universities in Australia Simon Marginson
15. (Post-) Mass Higher Education and Japanese Elite Universities Fumi Kitagawa
16. The Ivy League Roger L. Geiger
17. Oxbridge: Sustaining the International Reputation Ted Tapper and David Palfreyman
18. Conclusion: Converging Systems of Higher Education? Ted Tapper and David Palfreyman
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