ERIC Number: ED362114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Moving a Battleship with Your Bare Hands: Governing a University System. First Edition.
Weinstein, Laurence A.
This volume offers personal reflections and professional advice on governing a state university system from the former president of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents, Laurence A. Weinstein. The book is organized into 10 chapters. Chapter I outlines Weinstein's background and his vision of the role of university system governance. Chapter II describes the two Wisconsin systems, their merger, and the resulting governance system. Chapter III looks at the regent selection process and political issues and how to deal with them. Chapter IV discusses regents' role and presents seven principles for regents that make change possible. Chapter V looks at internal and external obstacles to change and views of governance, tenure and faculty issues, inter-system politics, consensus, and lack of flexibility and efficiency. Chapter VI analyzes several actual regent actions for uniform policies, and regent actions when others failed to act. Chapter VII describes assessment of financial resources and discusses types of financial sources. Chapter VIII discusses educational quality and focuses on access issues, quality, and options for downsizing. Chapter IX looks at the role of regents, administrators, faculty, political leaders, and the media. Chapter X, a "postscript," offers an assessment of Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and presents reasons for viewing her as a consummate campus administrator. Includes chapter notes and an index. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Administration, College Faculty, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, State Universities, Teacher Attitudes, Trustees
Magna Publications, Inc., 2718 Dryden Dr., Madison, WI 53704-3086 ($27).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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