UNIVERSITY AUTONOMY - YET ANOTHER STATE REQUIREMENT ANALYSIS OF DECENTRALIZATION EFFORTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION OF GEORGIA

Elene Jibladze

Abstract


The study focuses on system-widehigher education reforms that were launched in Georgia in 2004. It calls into question an overall enthusiasm and positive attitude towards these reforms and poses the question: Have higher education reforms been successful in Georgia? Analyzing a case of university autonomy, this study concludes that autonomy-geared reforms produced façade changes and have failed to achieve system-wide transformation in this area. Universities tend to treat granted autonomy as another state requirement to which they have responded with superficial compliance.The analysis covers policy developments of 2004-2010 years and looks at three dimensions of university autonomy: institutional, financial and academic autonomy. Conclusions derive from the outcome analysis of the decentralization efforts in the higher education system of Georgia


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