Title

Enriching higher education training through values and social engagement

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

The present study starts describing the relevance of university mission statements and how they have been interacting with the social demands throughout the history of higher education. This way, the recent development of a knowledge economy has strongly impacted universities that look for ways to produce and commercialize ideas (second and third missions). The increasing accreditation agencies and regional and international rankings have helped to reinforce these processes. This trend has created a situation where isomorphic mechanisms are pressing universities to align themselves with models that do not always fit a wide spectrum of them. In addition, this chapter underlines the excessive emphasis on faculty research productivity in detriment of ethic and values training that is key to have a successful professional development and an effective and well-adjusted implementation of any project. A final section discusses possible scenarios with alternative tools for administrators, who want to enrich the actual state of their universities.

First Page

423

Last Page

428

Book Title

Quality, Social Justice and Accountability in Education Worldwide

Editor

Nikolay Popov, Charl Wolhunter, Klara Skubic Ermenc, Gillian Hilton, James Ogunleye, Ewelina Niemczyk

Publisher

Bulgarian Comparative Education Society

City

Sofia, Bulgaria

Series

BCES Conference Books, 13:1

ISBN

978-954-92908-6-8

First Department

Leadership

Acknowledgements

Retrieved September 13, 2016 from http://bces-conference.org/onewebmedia/BCES.Conference.Books.Vol.13.2015.No.1.pdf