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ERIC Number: ED528639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 264
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8018-7920-3
Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm
Tierney, William G., Ed.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Today, institutional leaders face numerous struggles: intervention from boards of trustees, alumni, and state legislators; decline in financial support from the states; and competition in an increasingly global marketplace. While it is agreed that effective governance structures allow institutions to respond creatively to these challenges, how best to allocate control in order to maximize institutional efficiency, preserve academic freedom, and ensure institutional identity remains unclear. Increasingly, administrators look to non-academic institutions for governance and management strategies. In "Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance," William G. Tierney brings together faculty members, administrators, and policy experts to discuss differing views of academic governance at institutional, state, and international levels. Topics include the effects of globalization and the prospect of international accreditation; balancing the entrepreneurial and philosophical goals of higher education; the interaction between state governments and public universities; and the conflicting interests and roles of boards of trustees, administrators, and faculty. Carefully weighing various models and strategies, "Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance" provides new ways of understanding and addressing the changes that are transforming higher education. This book begins with "Why Governance? Why Now?," a preface by Mary Burgan and "A Perfect Storm: Turbulence in Higher Education," an introduction by William G. Tierney. Contents include: (1) Going Global: Governance Implication of Cross-Border Traffic in Higher Education (Simon Marginson); (2) The Paradox of Scope: A Challenge to the Governance of Higher Education (David J. Collis); (3) Faculty Involvement in System-wide Governance (Neil W. Hamilton); (4) The Ambiguous Future of Public Higher Education Systems (Terrence J. MacTaggart); (5) Governing the Twenty-First-Century University: A View from the Bridge (James J. Duderstadt); (6) A Growing Quaintness: Traditional Governance in the Markedly New Realm of U.S. Higher Education (George Keller); (7) University Governance and Academic Freedom (Robert M. O'Neil); (8) Improving Academic Governance: Utilizing a Cultural Framework to Improve Organizational Performance (William G. Tierney). An index is included. (Contains 4 line drawings.)
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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