In the face of increasing social demand and cutbacks in state budgetary support, universities in African countries are now turning towards a multicampus system strategy. As African governments have adopted neoliberal education policies that place premium on entrepreneurialism, profit making, privatization, and markets as drivers of university development, a reshaping of the academic work and organizational framework have taken place. However, little is known about the impact of this paradigm shift on access, quality and governance in higher education. This book fills the void in research and academic knowledge about the impact of the emerging university configurations in Africa. It analyzes the paradox surrounding the performance of multicampus university systems as avenues of broadening university access but whose structural success may be qualitatively contested.
This book offers a refreshing examination of the African multicampus university system from both an African and global perspective. It makes use of empirical data from Kenya collected during extensive fieldwork along with substantive library and documentary resources on the rest of the continents to fortify arguments and demonstrate important conclusions. This allows for a comparative analysis of policies and strategies used in the establishment of campuses, both within and beyond national boundaries in the continent, and will be a welcome contribution to the existing repertoire on African universities.
Table of Contents
1. From the Ecclesiastical to the Multiversity: The Historical Evolution of the African University 2. Mapping the Center and Periphery: Theoretical Perspectives and Methodology 3. Governance: The New Centralism versus Decentralization 4. Finance: Revenue Diversification and Control 5. Quality: The Subordination of Scholarship 6. Equity and Access: The Privatized Campus and Unequal Opportunities 7. Concluding Remarks: Reframing the Multicampus University
Ishmael I. Munene is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University, USA, and teaches courses in Comparative Education, Higher Education, and Educational Research. He has edited two volumes on African Higher Education including Africa: An Interdisciplinary Primer in African Studies (2011) and Transforming the Academia: Exploring African Universities in a Comparative Context (2009).