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International Perspectives on Accountability, Affordability, and Access to Postsecondary Education: New Directions for Institutional Research, Assessment Supplement 2008

Karen L. Webber (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-46853-1
112 pages
January 2009, Jossey-Bass
International Perspectives on Accountability, Affordability, and Access to Postsecondary Education: New Directions for Institutional Research, Assessment Supplement 2008 (047046853X) cover image
The issues of accountability, affordability, and access loom large for postsecondary education not only in the United States, but across the world. The educational system of some countries is based on a long history with strong traditions and administrative processes, and yet other countries are just now beginning to expand their educational system to the postsecondary sector. Chapters discuss:
  1. Accountability, Access, and Affordability as Key Challenges in the Reform of Croatian Higher Education
  2. Pursuing Quality and Equity of Higher Education: A Review of Policies and Practices in East Asia
  3. The Australian Perspective: Access, Equity, Quality, and Accountability in Higher Education
  4. Creating an Impetus for Institutional Analysis in South America: Quality Assurance
  5. Listen to the Urgent Sound of Drums: Major Challenges in African Higher Eduation
  6. The Balancing Act: Accountability, Affordability, and Access in American Higher Education
  7. A Few Reflections on Accountability, Affordability, and Access Worldwide
Although the chapters included in this volume are merely a small sampling of assessment-related issues faced in some countries or regions of the world, these discussion contribute to the larger set of conversations that seek to examine and strengthen post-secondary education around the world.

This is a supplemental issue of the Jossey-Bass quarterly higher education report series New Directions for Institutional Research. Always timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.

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EDITOR'S NOTES (Karen L. Webber).

1. Accountability, Access, and Affordability as Key Challenges in the Reform of Croatian Higher Education (Vlasta Vizek Vidovic)
Significant educational reform is under way in Croatia as it continues efforts to harmonize higher education, in large part through introduction of the Bologna process.

2. Pursuing Quality and Equity of Higher Education: A Review of Policies and Practices in East Asia (Samuel S. Peng, Li-Yun Wang)
Many East Asian countries continue to expand access to graduate and undergraduate education, but doing so comes with challenges related to funding, academic productivity, equity, and quality.

3. The Australian Perspective: Access, Equity, Quality, and Accountability in Higher Education (Rajendra Sharma)
Access and equity in Australian higher education poses some major challenges for institutional researchers. Issues such as full student fees and quality assurance are prompting substantial analysis and discussion.

4. Creating an Impetus for Institutional Analysis in South America: Quality Assurance (Michael Middaugh, Moises Silva, Soledad Ramirez, Ricardo Reich)
The issues of quality assurance, greater access, and building a stronger IR capacity in Latin American institutions are receiving increased emphasis. Growth in institutions prompts officials to develop more detailed accountability measures.

5. Listen to the Urgent Sound of Drums: Major Challenges in African Higher Education (Herman Visser)
With traditionally low participation and success rates, declining financial contributions from governments and donors, and critical pressures for efficiency, modernization, development, and growth, the challenges for higher education in Africa are formidable. Growth demands are mainly fueled by the requirements of the knowledge era, globalization, and imperatives for the development of Africa.

6. The Balancing Act: Accountability, Affordability, and Access in American Higher Education (Karen L. Webber, Robert G. Boehmer)
Concerns about higher education continue to be raised from various constituent groups and remind us of the need to articulate issues related to, as well as strong solutions for, balancing accountability, affordability, and access in American higher education.

7. A Few Reflections on Accountability, Affordability, and Access Worldwide (J. Douglas Toma)
Reflecting on issues addressed in the first six chapters offers a clear reminder that trends and issues in higher education are often more similar across national contexts than they are distinct.

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