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ERIC Number: EJ1000659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
University of Massachusetts Boston: Reconstituting a Continuing Education Division to a Degree-Granting Academic Unit
DiSalvio, Philip
Continuing Higher Education Review, v76 p141-150 Fall 2012
The ground has shifted in fundamental ways in higher education, and it is becoming increasingly evident that strategic structural reorganization will play an important role in the financial survival of many institutions. Understanding the close links among strategy, structure, and the environment, it makes sense that organizational structure should expand options rather than constrain the strategic choices institutions can make. Given that organizational structure influences efficiency, effectiveness, and market agility, many higher education institutions are ripe for academic units to look closely at their organizational structure and to ask whether their structure is aligned with the capability to maintain a competitive edge, capture niche markets, and leverage internal strengths. What organizational structures best optimize an institution's strengths? What college structures best sharpen the strategic focus of the institution and position it to take advantage of future opportunities and gain competitive advantage? These questions are particularly relevant in a time where public institutions are receiving less state funding and private independents are looking for ways to bolster their bottom lines. This case study describes the leadership challenges and strategic opportunities associated with the reconstitution of a continuing education unit into a degree-granting academic unit. Lessons learned and recommendations are offered to institutional leaders considering a similar reorganizational strategy. (Contains 5 tables and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts