The changing academic profession: part 2

The project examines the nature and extent of the changes experienced by the academic profession in recent years, drawing in part on comparisons of current developments with those documented in The First International Survey of the Academic Profession conducted in 1991 under the auspices of the Carnegie Foundation. The emphasis is on the academic profession’s views towards the increasing relevance, internationalization, and managerial adaptations of their workplace, and how these views are changing. Academics from institutions for Higher Education will be surveyed in more than 20 countries all over the world. Among the participating countries are the USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil, Australia, and Mexico.

The project aims to explore both the reasons for and the consequences of these changes. It will consider the implications of the changes for the attractiveness of the academic profession as a career and for the ability of the academic community to contribute to the further development of knowledge societies and the attainment of national goals. It will make comparisons on these matters between different national higher education systems, institutional types, disciplines and generations of academics. The project will use a six stage model for the investigation of change in the academic profession. This model involves the drivers of change, conditions, beliefs, roles and practices, outputs and outcomes.

The CHEPS research team (Jürgen Enders and Egbert de Weert) is involved in the development of the conceptual framework of the international questionnaire and will conduct the Dutch Survey.