Changing Ecology Of Postsecondary Education; Implications For Policymakers
The “ecology” idea enables us to have a comprehensive view of the entire higher education sector, and so can accommodate the possibility of systemic change. As the resource flows feeding the ecology shift -- for example, by the chronic contraction of state-level funding for public colleges -- we can expect repercussions throughout the entire ecology. Parties with unmet needs, such as students unable to find seats in desired courses, may seek comparable services from other kinds of educational providers. Whole new categories of players, including for-profit academic service purveyors and the venture capital firms funding them, may see opportunity in the dynamic and act entrepreneurially to exploit it. Furthermore, members of the organizational population that have flourished under a fading resource arrangement may resist change, but an ecological view can enable us to see tendencies toward inertia. How can higher education institutions view, reflect on, and address features of the changing ecology, and what are the implications of the ecology for educational policymakers?
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Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009. His newest book, Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education with Mitchell Stevens, was published in January 2015.