ROPS 2016

HOW GLOBAL COMPETITION IS CHANGING UNIVERSITIES: Three Theoretical Perspectives by Igor Chirikov (June 2016)

Igor Chirikov

This essay provides an outline of three theoretical perspectives to study the impact of global competition on organizational change at universities. The perspective of neoliberal economics portrays global competition as competition of universities in the global higher education market. Universities transform towards greater efficiency with the goal of having a larger market share. The political economy perspective suggests that global competition in higher education is an emergent property of competitive relations among nation states.

THE ONE- UNIVERSITY IDEA AND ITS FUTURES by Patricia A. Pelfrey (June 2016)

Patricia A. Pelfrey

The University of California, the nation’s first multicampus system, is unique in its central organizing principle, known as the one-university idea.  Its premise is simple: that a large and decentralized system of campuses, which share the same mission but differ in size, interests, aspirations, and stage of development, can nevertheless be governed as a single university.  Long regarded as a major structural reason for the UC system’s rise to pre-eminence among public research universities, the one-university model has been a unifying administrative and cultural ethos within UC for

QUANTIFYING FACULTY PRODUCTIVITY IN JAPAN: Development and Application of the Achievement-Motivated Key Performance Indicator by Misako Aida and Satoshi P. Watanabe CSHE 8.16 (October 2016)

Misako Aida
Satoshi P. Watanabe

Universities throughout the world are trending toward more performance based methods to capture their strengths, weaknesses and productivity. Hiroshima University has developed an integrated objective measure for quantifying multifaceted faculty activities, namely the “Achievement-Motivated Key Performance Indicator” (A-KPI), in order to visualize the strengths and weaknesses of the university, while balancing versatile faculty activities university-wide. We believe any reform efforts should be based on accurate understanding of the status quo through rigorous self-assessment.

KNOWLEDGE BASED ECONOMIC AREAS AND FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITIES: A Look at the New Growth Ecosystems in the US and California by John Aubrey Douglass CSHE 9.16 (October 2016)

John Aubrey Douglass

The acceptance of new growth theory relates, in part, to a number of highly touted regional success stories – or what I term “Knowledge Based Economic Areas” (KBEAs) in this and past essays. The United States, and California in particular, is viewed as perhaps the most robust creators of KBEAs, providing an influential model that is visited and revisited by business and government leaders, and other Flagship (or leading national) universities, that wish to replicate their strengths within their own cultural and political terms.

College Affordability and the Emergence of Progresssive Tuition Models: Are New Financial Aid Policies at Major Public Universities Working?. Patrick A. Lapid & John Aubrey Douglass. CSHE 7.16 (June 2016)

Patrick A. Lapid
John Aubrey Douglass

In an era of significant disinvestment in public higher education by state governments, many public universities are moving toward a “progressive tuition model” that attempts to invest approximately one-third of tuition income into institutional financial aid for lower-income and middle-class students. The objective is to mitigate the cost of tuition and keep college affordable. But is this model as currently formulated working? What levels of financial stress are students of all income groups experiencing? And are they changing their behaviors?

SMALL LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES AND ENROLLMENT CAPACITY AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: Imagining a Consortium Approach by Carol T. Christ CSHE 2.16 (February 2016)

Carol Christ

Many small private liberal arts colleges struggle to make their enrollment targets, while many public universities cannot meet enrollment demand.  Thinking creatively about collaboration between these kinds of institutions might increase the capacity of our higher education system.  This essay explores models by which we might do so.


Bekir S. Gur

The imbalance between supply and demand of higher education has always been the greatest challenge for Turkey. To overcome this challenge, Turkey beginning in 2006 established new public universities, mostly in less developed provinces. Now one in two fresh high school graduates is being admitted to a higher education program. Yet, the rapid growth of higher education triggered debates about the quality of education.


Marijk van der Wende
Jiabin Zhu

This paper focuses on China both as an object and a subject in the globalization of higher education and the sometimes paradoxical nature of the country’s policies in this respect. How is the Chinese perspective on globalization shaping its agenda for higher education, the development of world-class universities, and cooperation with Europe and the West? What is China’s role in the globalization of higher education, its global agency in higher education, and the impact of its diaspora, soft power, and its new Silk Routes policies?


Saul Geiser

The SAT is used for two purposes at the University of California. First is eligibility: Determining whether applicants meet the minimum requirements for admission to the UC system. Second is admissions selection: At high-demand campuses such as Berkeley, with many more eligible applicants than places available, test scores are used to select from among them.

THE EVOLUTION OF FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITIES: From the Traditional to the New by John Aubrey Douglass, UC Berkeley CSHE 11.16 (December 2016)

John Aubrey Douglass

In the face of the dominant World Class University rhetoric and ranking paradigm, most academic leaders and their academic communities have had difficulty conceptualizing and articulating their grander purpose and multiple engagements with society. Some seem to wait for the next ministerial edict to help or push them toward greater societal relevancy – often limited to improved global rankings.