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Butcher, Catherine Norma – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2017
This report describes my field visits to Berea and Deep Springs Colleges in the U.S.A. and explores their forms of ownership/control, governance, financing and organisational structure. Berea and Deep Springs are small, liberal arts colleges, distinctive in American higher education, in which students actively participate in a spirit of democracy.…
Descriptors: Experimental Colleges, Nontraditional Education, Ownership, Governance
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Vonderau, Asta – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2015
Drawing upon ethnographic data, this article investigates the effects of a new online campus management system in one of the largest universities in Germany. It shows the various ways in which this technological innovation influenced students', teachers' and administrative personnel's relations and everyday working practices and how it is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Management Systems, Integrated Learning Systems
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LeCompte, Margaret D. – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2014
This article describes how different constituencies in a major research university tried to initiate change despite disagreements over common goals, norms and principles. The context was a culture war. The university administration wanted to impose a corporatising and privatising philosophy which it felt was crucial to preserving the university's…
Descriptors: Research Universities, College Faculty, College Administration, Governance
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Willett, Gudrun – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2013
In a three-year ethnographic study of a selective U.S. liberal arts college, it was found that educational development efforts contributed not only to changes in teaching but also to cross-college collaboration and the development of a sense of community. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the college created a learning centre and new educational…
Descriptors: Colleges, Liberal Arts, Ethnography, Educational Development
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Davis, Dana-Ain – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2011
Neoliberal values and ideology, which have broadly undermined social justice ideals, have been inserted into a range of public spheres both in the U.S.A. and internationally. Public higher education institutions have increasingly acquiesced to neoliberal strategies, which restrict access to public services, commodify the public sphere and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Black Studies, Higher Education, Public Colleges
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Shear, Boone W.; Zontine, Angelina I. – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2010
Ongoing transformations of the university--from changing working conditions to issues of affordability and access, increasing "accountability" measures and commodification of academic production--are increasingly referred to as university corporatisation and are unfolding within and concomitant to neoliberal globalisation. In this paper…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Political Attitudes, Institutional Characteristics, Colleges
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Clarke, John – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2010
This article examines the modernisation of universities in the U.K., arguing that heterogeneous policy objectives and strategies have become condensed in the construction of higher education as a governable system and the university as a corporate enterprise. It argues that managerialism has displaced and subordinated professional and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Change Strategies, Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives
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Ciancanelli, Penny – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2008
A feature of globalisation is encouragement of universities to become more businesslike, including adoption of the type of accounting routines and regulations used by businesses. The question debated in higher education policy research is whether this focus on being businesslike is compatible with the statutory public benefit obligations of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Role, Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Change
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Wright, Susan; Orberg, Jakob Williams – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2008
In 2003 the Danish government reformed universities to "set them free" from the state. Yet ministers are actively trying to shape universities and even set research agendas. How does the government's notion of "freedom" reconcile independence with control? We identify three discourses of freedom: freedom to use academic…
Descriptors: Freedom, Educational Finance, Public Policy, Governance
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Fejes, Andreas – Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 2008
This article explores how the discourses of the Bologna Process have been accepted and adopted as the dominating ones in European higher education. It consists of a governmentality and discourse analysis inspired by Foucault and based on selected European and Swedish policy documents. The aims of the analysis are to illustrate how governing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Academic Degrees, National Standards