ERIC Number: ED390369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Calling to Account.
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v6 n2 spec iss Jul 1995
This essay grew out of a discussion of a gathering of college and university trustees and presidents, and it suggests that current changes in the higher education landscape demand a new look at accountability and the role of trustees in the governance and management of institutions. Discussion of restructuring notes how the range of meanings attached to this term often spurs discord and uncertainty. Faculty suspect that restructuring is part of a mind-set that would impose the values, management, and metrics of for-profit enterprises on the academy. On the other hand, trustees know that an institution's response to rising costs and changed circumstances cannot simply be increased tuition. Restructuring in the best interests of institutions, the essay argues, requires a partnership between faculty, president and trustees. In addition, presidents can bridge the scholarly culture of faculty and the "outside" perspective of trustees. Trustees, however, must be prepared to take a more active responsibility in overseeing the framework within which the president and faculty formulate strategies and carry out decisions. The essay closes with specific recommendations for how trustees, presidents, and faculty can work together to address the relationship of mission, academic program, and finance. (JB)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Faculty, College Presidents, College Programs, Colleges, Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Governance, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, School Policy, School Restructuring, Trustees
Pew Higher Education Roundtable, 4200 Pine St., 5A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia.
Identifiers: Trustee Role