State Structures for the Governance of Higher Education: Georgia Case Study Summary.Report as inadecuate

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This case study, part of the State Structures for the Governance of Higher Education study, focuses on governance and related issues in Georgia's higher education system. The study's overall purpose was to examine differences among states in their governance structures, and to determine if differences in performance were related to governing structures and whether structure affects strategies of state policymakers. The study is based on analysis of documents and on interviews conducted in 1995 and 1996 with state officials, education administrators, faculty, and staff. The first section provides information on the state, including the economic situation and political context. Section 2 examines the characteristics and history of higher education in Georgia, including the University System of Georgia, system characteristics, private colleges and universities, the Department of Technical and Adult Education, and student financial aid. Section 3 examines the work processes involved in the state system. These include strategic planning initiatives, the budget process, the program review and approval process, information systems, the required Regents examination for prospective graduates, and transfer and articulation. Concluding observations in the final section are generally positive. Appended is a list of national advisory committee members. (Contains 42 references.) (DB)

Descriptors: Budgeting, Case Studies, College Administration, Comparative Analysis, Economic Factors, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Information Systems, Minimum Competency Testing, Political Influences, Private Colleges, Program Evaluation, State Government, State Programs, State Universities, Strategic Planning, Student Evaluation, Student Financial Aid

California Higher Education Policy Center, 160 West Santa Clara St., Suite 704, San Jose, CA 95113; phone: 408-271-2699; fax: 408-287-6709 (Report No. 97-15).

Author: Bracco, Kathy Reeves


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