ERIC Number: ED435294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Reports from the Road: Insights on Institutional Change. On Change: An Occasional Paper Series of the ACE Project on Leadership and Institutional Transformation.
Eckel, Peter; Hill, Barbara; Green, Madeleine; Mallon, Bill
This essay reflects on observations made during the four-year American Council on Education (ACE) Project on Leadership and Institutional Transformation, an effort to help 26 diverse colleges and universities succeed with comprehensive or transformational change. Insights were drawn from three sources: biannual campus visits and monthly phone calls with campus leaders; reflections by institutional leaders in a series of reports and at four project meetings; and presentations and publications of institutional leaders. Nine successful intentional strategies for change are identified and paired with examples of missteps. Among these strategies are the following: (1) leaders must make a clear and compelling case to key stakeholders about why things must be done differently; (2) change leaders must craft an agenda that both makes sense and focuses on improvement without assigning blame; and (3) collaborative leadership identifies and empowers talent across campus and at various levels. The paper also identifies key environmental and contextual factors (and pitfalls), such as the need for a climate of good will, favorable external environments, and leadership persistence. The paper concludes that the actions of successful change leaders are characteristically intentional, reflective, and show an ability to profit from experience. A brief description of the ACE project and a list of participating institutions are attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Colleges, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Leadership, Long Range Planning, Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Universities
American Council on Education Fulfillment Services, Department 191, Washington, DC 20055-0191 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.