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This report argues that a set of fundamental changes underlies the growing number of critical difficulties American higher education faces. The governance system — the written and unwritten policies, procedures, and decisionmaking units that control resource allocation with and among institutions — is inadequate to deal with the changed environment. In fact, the changed environment is making redesign of higher education institutions not just necessary but inevitable. A redesigned governance structure is a prerequisite to dealing effectively with the problems threatening the higher education sector. This study presents a conceptual framework that supports the argument and suggests guidelines for higher education leaders now coping with the effects of the changed environment.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Higher Education in America

  • Chapter Three

    The Changed Environment

  • Chapter Four

    Resource Allocation in Higher Education

  • Chapter Five

    New Governance Systems: Guidelines for Change

The study is part of a project on "Redesigning Higher Education" sponsored by the RAND Institute on Education and Training with funds from a grant by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

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