ERIC Number: ED368246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-24
Improving System-Campus Relationships: Seven Principles.
MacTaggart, Terrence J.
Seven principles of higher education leadership may offer state college systems solutions for responding to external pressures to reform and internal pressures to satisfy faculty demands. External pressures on colleges and universities include erosion of the economic base for higher education, increasing public expectations, and criticism of the status quo. Internal constraints include perennial opposition to change, faculty unions, and resistance from some alumni and political supporters. Faced with these conflicting pressures a pragmatic, realistic view is called for. An examination of states which have restructured or merged institutions and systems in response to fiscal crisis yields seven principles for improving the relationship between campuses and their system offices: (1) let presidents lead; (2) work on big picture goals like increased access and quality at the system level and decentralize other decision making to the campus level; (3) reward achievement with increased financial support; (4) sacrifice uniformity for quality and distinctiveness; (5) favor advocacy over oversight (except in finance); (6) outplace central office functions; and (7) let the facts speak for themselves (publicize positive achievements of the state's colleges and universities). (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 24-25, 1994).