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Excellence of Analysis to Diversity of Advocacy: The Multiple Roles of the Leverhulme Study into the Future of Higher Education
Uppsala University, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).
1984 (English)In: Higher Education, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 121-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Leverhulme programme of study into the future of higher education is an impressive analytical effort carried through with expediency and allowing for wide participation. However, the programme is not only an ambitious exercise in policy analysis and unorthodox planning. It also involves processes of bargaining and policy advocacy. But the demands of these different roles have not been openly examined. Thus the programme has unnecessarily rendered itself open to criticism. In particular, many of the recommendations echo a consistent plea for new institutional arrangements for central co-ordination and top-down management and control. These recommendations, however, have received little or no underpinning and are actually at odds with some of the most qualified studies of the Leverhulme programme itself. Furthermore, the programme has tended to neglect two of the most urgent tasks of policy analysis, namely to outline a range of available options - rather than to produce a broad consensus view - and to clearly spell out major value tradeoffs involved - rather than to assure that there are no significant drawbacks attached to the options being advocated.

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1984. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 121-138
Keywords [en]
Political research; Communicative content; Educational trends; Mathematics; Predictive analytics; Universities; Recommendations; Political science; Education; Schools; Analytical forecasting; Political processes; Formal education; Foundations of education; Social sciences; Communications; Educational institutions; Educational methods; Policy analysis; Analytics; Pedagogy; Colleges; Higher education; Political sociology; Applied mathematics; Educational research; Politics; Research universities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372293OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-372293DiVA, id: diva2:1275674
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