Higher Education Management and Policy

Institutional Management in Higher Education

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Previously published as Higher Education Management, Higher Education Management and Policy (HEMP) is published three times each year and is edited by the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education. It covers the field through articles and reports on such issues as quality assurance, human resources, funding, and internationalisation. It also is a source of information on activities and events organised by OECD’s IMHE Programme.

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Keywords: university, policy, administration, institutional, higher, education, practical, practice, management, policies, tertiary

The impact of economic crises on American universities

lessons from the past

Institutional Management in Higher Education

Universities around the world have been affected by the recent global economic crisis. Many are challenged by reduced resources, yet they also face greater demands to help spur recovery in their respective countries. This paper explores how colleges and universities in the United States were affected by, and subsequently responded to, several 20th century periods of economic and social turmoil. These included the Great Depression of the 1930s, World Wars I and II and economic dislocation in the early 1980s. For some of them, the ability to adapt to sudden constraints and new opportunities led to unprecedented strengths. The effects of longer-term trends also played a critical role. This paper offers some lessons from these earlier periods that may have relevance today.


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