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  Future of higher education
Education professor named Fulbright Scholar

School of Education Assistant Professor Michael Bastedo has been selected as one of 31 Fulbright New Century Scholars who will spend a year looking at the future of higher education. In 2005-06, he will be a scholar at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
Bastedo (Photo by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Bastedo, a faculty member in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, also is research director of the Institutes on Public University Governance, supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York.

The New Century Scholars program provides a platform for professionals from the United States and around the world to engage in debate and dialogue based on multidisciplinary research. The scholars and other researchers will study "Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response."

The program combines the traditional Fulbright research exchange experience with a series of three in-person seminars and ongoing virtual communication among the participants. At the end of the program year, the scholars will share the results of their collaborative interaction and engagement in a public forum.

Bastedo's research, drawing on his work studying U.S. higher education policy, will be expanded to include European Union countries to further look at the way universities govern themselves and formulate policy. He also is interested in examining comparative perspectives on the role of higher education in promoting the public good.

"The perspectives of policymakers, legislators and other state officials are often misinterpreted and misunderstood, leading to unnecessary conflict between universities and policymakers," Bastedo says.

In Europe, higher education research primarily has focused on the effects of public policy rather than on the policy formation process itself, creating a substantial gap in the research, he adds.

Prior to coming to U-M, Bastedo was assistant professor of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also was affiliated with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs.

Prior to entering the academic profession, he held policy positions with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and research positions in the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement and the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research.

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