In times of excellence ratings and rankings, flattening public funding, and international mobility of students and staff, German universities have turned into strategic actors in the past two decades. Organizational features, already routine in American higher education, such as vision and mission statements, professionalization of management, external funding, and industry links as well as international recruitment of students, have become wide-spread phenomena in German higher education. Public funding targeted toward quality and excellence propel this dynamic. What are the consequences of this transformation? Will German higher education, known for its equitable and egalitarian structure, move toward a more stratified and elite-producing system?
Dr. Mike Zapp is a DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow at AICGS in Fall 2017 and will be a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in Spring and Summer 2018.
Before coming to Washington, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Education and Society at the University of Luxembourg. He is interested in institutional change processes in educational systems, particularly higher education, with a strong focus on the role of international organizations. His research has appeared in journals such as Comparative Education Review, the International Journal of Educational Development, and Science and Public Policy.
Made possible by the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt - AA)