Higher Education Policy: An International Comparative Perspective - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080423937, 9781483297163

Higher Education Policy: An International Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Editors: F. Kaiser P. Maassen L. Meek F. van Vught E. de Weert L. Goedegebuure
eBook ISBN: 9781483297163
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 11th January 1994
Page Count: 379
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Table of Contents

Foreword. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Higher education policy in international perspective: an overview (L. Goedegebuure, F. Kaiser, P. Maassen, E. de Weert). Higher education policy in Australia (L. Meek). Higher education policy in California (W. Fox). Higher education policy in Denmark (P. Bache, P. Maassen). Higher education policy in France (F. Kaiser, G. Neave). Higher education policy in Germany (E. Frackmann, E. de Weert). Higher education policy in Japan (A. Arimoto, E. de Weert). Higher education policy in The Netherlands (L. Goedegebuure, F. Kaiser, P. Maassen, E. de Weert). Higher education policy in Ontario (G. Jones). Higher education policy in Sweden (G. Svanfeldt). Higher education policy in Switzerland (K. Weber). Higher education policy in the United Kingdom (J. Brennan, T. Shah). International perspectives on trends and issues in higher education policy (L. Goedegebuure, F. Kaiser, P. Maassen, L. Meek, F. van Vught, E. de Weert). Bibliography. Index.


Tremendous changes are affecting the structure and funding of higher education in many countries. This volume attempts to identify and analyze the principles, structural features and modes of work of the different higher education policies operating in eleven countries, as well as their commonalities and differences in the light of both general international trends and country-specific factors.

In order to gather the relevant information for the project, national correspondents were provided with an overarching framework to guide them in their work and to ensure maximum comparability of the resulting reports. Each country report is broken down into four sections: the structure and goals of higher education systems; authority in the system; higher education policy; and the impact of each on institutional governance and management.

The final chapter draws together the general trends which have emerged: a move towards less state control; a strengthening of institutional autonomy and increased governance; competition between institutions; privatization of funding; greater market orientation and growing institutional accountability for quality and service.


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@from:Gareth Williams @qu:This is an important book which should be read by those with a serious academic or professional interest in higher education policy.... Each account has the authority that derives from authorship by a national or nationally recognised expert of the higher education system being described...this will remain a useful source book on comparative statistics for several years and is in my opinion the best publication on comparative higher education policy that has appeared in recent years. @source:British Journal of Educational Studies

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About the Editors

F. Kaiser Editor

P. Maassen Editor

L. Meek Editor

F. van Vught Editor

E. de Weert Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, The Netherlands

L. Goedegebuure Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

CHEPS, University of Twente, Netherlands