Higher Education: The Nature of the Beast

  • James S. Fairweather
  • Emiko Blalock


In this chapter, from a macro perspective, we lay out the historical bases for institutions and systems of higher education, discuss the policy challenges facing higher education today and lay the groundwork for subsequent chapters that examine the organizational, administrative and policy responses to these challenges by institutions and systems of higher education. We pay particular attention to three interdependent and universal policy themes — access, quality and cost — and the triumph in higher education of the pursuit of prestige.


High Education Academic Institution High Education System Government Subsidy Student Mobility 
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