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Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions

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Bureaucratization Process in Higher Education

  • Christian SchneijderbergAffiliated withInternational Centre for Higher Education Research, University of Kassel Email author 


Administration; Authority; Red tape


Bureaucratization is about 1) a defined set of regular activities and official duties, 2) stable and rule led with communication channels based on written documents assuring communication and attainment of goals, and 3) employment of qualified personnel with attributed duties and rights.

Universities are bureaucratic organizations. By law research, teaching and knowledge and technology transfer are defined as the functions of universities. Formal regulations exist for employing professors, structuring academic and administrative work, and filing student enrolment, progress, and examinations. In addition to the examples of traditional bureaucracy, if you wish, new(er) bureaucratization processes like standardized reporting of indicators, provision of information to university rankings and ratings, application of ISO-standards for university products and services, teaching reports, and auditing, accreditation, and evaluations procedures ...

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