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Academic Drift in Dutch Non-University Higher Education

VU International News and Reviews No. 08 June 17 2013

June 2013

In Higher Education Policy 26, 173-191 Didi M E Griffioen and Uulkje de Jong report on a study on the perceptions of managers and lecturers in Dutch non-university higher education concerning the institutional aims for research activities. In the context of a European knowledge economy, the Dutch non-university institutions systematically develop research activities at a higher frequency than before. With this development, they have been accused of academic drift, i.e. striving to receive a status comparable to traditional universities.
The authors report a moderate indication of potential for academic drift on the staff level. In addition, managers have more positive perceptions regarding all aims for research than lecturers, but both groups prioritise that the results of research should, first and foremost, be directed towards improving the quality of education.

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