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CORE ACADEMIC VALUES

AND CHANGING SOCIETAL

TRENDS: ALIGNMENT OR

CONFLICT?

3 RD EUA CONVENTION OF EUROPEAN HIGHER

EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

MARCH 31 – APRIL 2, 2005

JUDITH S. EATON


MAJOR SOCIETAL TRENDS……

MASSIFICATION AND DIVERSIFICATION:

STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS

GLOBALIZATION AND “INTERNATIONAL

EXCELLENCE”

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY: “CONSUMER

PURCHASE,” LEARNING OUTCOMES

COMMERCIALIZATION: RANKING, BRANDING, THE

MARKET

EMPHASIS ON PRIVATE BENEFIT AND EDUCATION

FOR WORK

FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE FUNDING


OUR ACADEMIC VALUES……

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT OF

STUDENTS

ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR FACULTY

“OPEN AND TRUSTWORTHY RESEARCH”

THE WORTH OF GENERAL EDUCATION

ACCESS AND EQUITY

SERVING THE PUBLIC GOOD

“APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTABILITY”:

RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONAL AUTONOMY

AND COMMITMENT TO MISSION


TRENDS

SUMMARY: TRENDS AND

MASSIFICATION AND

DIVERSIFICATION

GLOBALIZATION

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY

COMMERCIALIZATION

PRIVATE BENEFIT

FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE

FUNDING

VALUES….

VALUES

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOMENT OF

STUDENTS

ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR

FACULTY

OPEN AND TRUSTWORTHY

RESEARCH

THE WORTH OF GENERAL

EDUCATION

ACCESS AND EQUITY

SERVING THE PUBLIC GOOD

APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTABILITY


WHERE THERE IS

ALIGNMENT….

TREND:

MASSIFICATION AND

DIVERSIFICATION

TREND:

GLOBALIZATION

VALUE: ACCESS AND

EQUITY

VALUE: ACCESS AND

EQUITY


WHERE THERE IS CONFLICT….

TREND: PUBLIC

ACCOUNTABILITY

VALUE:

APPROPRIATE

ACCOUNTABILITY -

RESPONSIBLE

INSTITUTIONAL

AUTONOMY AND

COMMITMENT TO

MISSION


WHERE THERE IS CONFLICT (2)….

TREND:

COMMERCIALIZATION

(RANKING, BRANDING, MARKET)

TREND: EMPHASIS ON

PRIVATE BENEFIT AND

EDUCATION FOR WORK

TREND: FROM PUBLIC TO

PRIVATE FUNDING

VALUE:S

SERVING THE PUBLIC

GOOD

APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTABILITY

VALUES:

SERVING THE

PUBLIC GOOD

GENERAL EDUCATION

INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT

VALUES:

SERVING THE PUBLIC GOOD

OPEN AND TRUSTWORTHY

RESEARCH


WHAT ARE SOME TASKS

BEFORE US?

SELF REFLECTION AND SELF AWARENESS:

ARE THESE ACADEMIC VALUES TRULY SHARED WITHIN

INSTITUTIONS? AMONG INSTITUTIONS?

ARE THESE “EUROPEAN” ACADEMIC VALUES?

ADDITIONAL ALIGNMENT OF TRENDS AND

VALUES:

HOW DO WE MAKE THE CASE FOR THE VALUE OF

GENERAL EDUCATION IN TEACHING AND LEARNING?

DO WE SAY “NO” TO PRIVATE FUNDING FOR RESEARCH

THAT UNDULY INFLUENCES EXPECTED OUTCOMES?


WHAT ARE SOME TASKS

BEFORE US (2)?

ACKNOWLEDGING RESPONSIBILITY TO

RESPOND TO SOCIETAL CHANGE:

DO WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR VALUES?

HOW CAN WE BOTH RESPOND TO TRENDS YET

PRESERVE OUR VALUES?


SUMMARY

SOCIETAL TRENDS AND HIGHER EDUCATION

ACADEMIC VALUES ARE ALIGNED IN SOME INSTANCES

IN A GREATER NUMBER OF INSTANCES, HOWEVER,

THERE IS CONFLICT

THE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY WOULD

BENEFIT FROM:

REVIEWING AND RE-AFFIRMING RE AFFIRMING CORE VALUES

ACKNOWLEDGING THE EXTENT TO WHICH SOCIETAL

TRENDS MUST BE ADDRESSED

SEEKING ALIGNMENT OF TRENDS AND VALUES IN A

MANNER THAT SUSTAINS THE CORE ACADEMIC VALUES OF

THE ENTERPRISE


THANK YOU

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