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

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  • 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

Author Biography

Elene Jibladze

Elene joined CSS in 2012. She is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Development, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). Her dissertation concerns higher education reforms in Georgia after the Rose Revolution. Her research focuses on quality assurance and university autonomy policies. Elene also holds her Master's degree in education policy from University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA). Broadly, she is interested in the impact of globalization processes on higher education systems of transitioning countries, observing institutional homogeneity, patterns of policy diffusion and peculiarities of policy implementation processes in these countries.
Elene has experience in institutional capacity building in the education system of Georgia, mainly in the field of quality assurance. She was actively involved in development of quality assurance system in the country through General Education Decentralization and Accreditation program. Elene also holds expertise in project monitoring and evaluation. For years, she monitored EU funded projects throughout the south Caucasus region.

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2013-07-22

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