Ethical tensions and academic leaders
Thursday, 16 June 2011 | Admin
Ethical tensions and academic leaders by Lisa Catherine Ehrich, Megan Kimber, Neil Cranston and Karen Starr.
Against an international backdrop of shrinking funding, competition for student enrolment and pressure to become commercially viable, the authors discuss how academic leaders balance conflicting interests. A model of ethical decision making is presented.
Internationally universities have been characterised by shrinking government funding, fierce competition for student enrolments, and greater pressures to become commercially viable. It is against thiscomplex background that academic leaders have been required to confront and resolve a multitude of conflicting interests as they seek to balance a variety of values in their decision-making processes. In this article we put forward a model of ethical decision-making developed from empirical research and literature. To test the efficacy of the model, a case scenario is posed. The article concludes by raising a number of implications for academic leaders regarding ongoing professional learning needed in this area.
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