Associate Professor Christian Anderson of South Carolina University delivers a public lecture on 23 May at 16:15 in the Institute of Educational Sciences (Salme 1a-104).
The governance of higher education has evolved since the first institutions were founded in the Colonial era. The roles of the government, presidents, faculty (as teachers, as researchers, in administrative roles), and students have changed with each passing generation. This talk will examine this history, focusing on key turning points and how the roles of each of these groups has evolved. The Colonial governments and the early states chartered and funded institutions of higher education, but there was relatively little regulation or control. This has evolved to the current state where the federal government and the states highly regulate colleges and universities but public funding is relatively low. Faculty (sometimes referred to as tutors) at the earliest American colleges, founded with the Oxbridge model from England in mind, were transmitters of accepted knowledge, teaching the “seven liberal arts,” but having little role in decision-making for their institutions. Over time they have pushed for stronger roles in governance. Students, despite a strong and long tradition of protesting, have never had as significant of a role in governance as is the case in many other countries. The one constant in the governance of American higher education is the strong university presidency.
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Lecture is in english