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Szkolnictwo wyższe w procesie transformacji ustrojowej w Polsce a jakość kształcenia
Polish Higher Education in Transition and Quality of Education

Author(s): Janina Godłów-Legiędź
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Economy, Education, Higher Education
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: higher education; quality of education; transition; finance; spontaneous order

Summary/Abstract: The paper analysis changes of the formal institutions and the model of funding of the higher educationin Poland in the last two decades. It argues that transformation of Polish higher education mayvalidate Adam Ferguson’s idea that social institutions are the result of human action, but not theresult of human plan. The paper looks at changes in Polish higher education from the perspectiveof the new institutional economics, especially a conception of the interaction between formal andinformal institutions. The private sector in higher education and the shortage of public fundinglead to a greater emphasis on competition, efficiency and performance metrics. Nonetheless whenthere is no compatibility of the formal and informal institutions, competition and a striving forprofits can lead and do to increasing enrollment rates but they hardly ever lead to a better qualityof education. What we afraid, there is a tendency to subordinate an university to current politicaland market forces.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 98
  • Page Range: 197-219
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish