The purpose of this study was to understand what contemporary ideas and expectations inform the purposes of public universities within the changing higher education landscape. In addition, I was interested in discerning national, and even regional, university characteristics and expectations. Elucidating the salient themes used to construct university identities and purposes, as well as how these attributes change or remain the same across countries and geopolitical groupings of countries, was aimed towards understanding how the public universities are represented amidst the global restructuring of higher education. Using content analyze as a method of analysis, this study sets out the nature of content university vision and mission statements and compares statement content from leading public universities from countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). My findings show that the identity and purposes claimed by leading public universities do form—at a broad level—national, as well as regional, characteristics.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
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