Uveges Jr., Joseph A.; Carter, Luther F.
March 1983
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p102
Academic Journal
This article highlights the effects of the reluctance of professionals to examine higher education on university decision-making and program development in the U.S. in 1983. The university in the U.S. has traditionally enjoyed a rare degree of political and administrative autonomy unique among organizations. Traditional university roles aimed at producing graduates possessing liberal arts knowledge and generally enlightened approaches to society's needs clash with growing demands by students and employers for graduates with more marketable skills. Although public administration programs in universities are not the only professional programs available to analysts, recent efforts to gain recognition for organizational components reflecting an interdisciplinary public administration curriculum provide a timely focus for the analysis of the decision-making processes of higher education. Surely public administration has a primary responsibility for exploring these end other questions related to university provenance and management. Not only are the answers sought of importance to the future of public administration professional programs, but they will also be of significance to university administrators facing increasing challenges from within and from the broader public policy environment.


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