Autonomy of Public Colleges: The Challenge of Coordination

Autonomy of Public Colleges: The Challenge of Coordination

Autonomy of Public Colleges: The Challenge of Coordination

Autonomy of Public Colleges: The Challenge of Coordination

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For purposes of this report coordination is defined as the act of regulating and combining so as to give harmonious results. Presumably this definition implies some degree of integration, centralization, and force.

Since the methods and types of agencies used to achieve coordination have considerable impact upon higher education, this report is designed to produce information concerning state agencies and officers that have been charged with or have assumed responsibility for the planning, control, and leadership of higher education. Specifically, the project provides data on the authority of these agents, their functions, their methods of organizing, their techniques to obtain their objectives, and their results.

Primary attention is focused on the recognized board for coordination of higher education, its staff, and its relationships with institutions under its control as well as with state executive offices (including those for budget, purchasing, civil service, and public works), the legislature, and its staff agencies. As the state executive agencies and officers concerned were identified, an attempt was made to seek information about the extent to which they influenced the fundamental policy decisions affecting higher education.

The main concern of this report is the question: Which processes, which organizational pattern of state coordinating boards, and what kinds of relationships between these boards and institutions and other state agencies can secure the most effective diversification and improve the quality of higher education with-

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