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"To Dance with Change"
April 1994
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This issue describes three external forces affecting the circumstances of higher education institutions: a growing concern that higher education should provide its graduates with the means to secure employment; the potential of alternative, technology-based suppliers to capture part of higher education's traditional market; and an increased tendency among policymakers to let market forces rather than institutions define the public good. The essay calls on colleges and universities to perform tasks more efficiently with fewer personnel, to simplify the curriculum, and to make the academic department collectively responsible for the quality of its courses and programs.


Distillations: On Reversing the Ratchet
Robert Zemsky, William F. Massy, and Penney Oedel
April 1994
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