Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An international comparison of the missions and aspirations of leading public universities
by Kretz, Andrew Jeffrey, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 154; 1504493
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Portnoi, Laura
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education
Publication Number: 1504493
ISBN: 9781124994352
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