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ERIC Number: EJ769747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Reform and Resistance at Oxford
Labi, Aisha
Chronicle of Higher Education, v52 n43 pA29 Jun 2006
In recent years, both Harvard and Oxford Universities have been rattled by reform-minded--some say brash--leaders determined to question the status quo. At Harvard, President Lawrence H. Summers proved too controversial for his own good and is scheduled to step down this month after five contentious years in office. But at Oxford, John Hood, who became vice chancellor in 2004, is just now digging in for the fight. Hood has proposed that the university's complicated administrative structure be revamped by bringing a majority of outsiders onto the central body responsible for institutional governance and creating a new Academic Board responsible for the academic administration of the entire university. These measures are not intended to centralize decision making or to subordinate academic values to corporate ones, but many faculty still consider the new Academic Board as unnecessary and intrusive. Some opposition may also stem from an objection to his background as an outsider and his failure to approach his role with the proper deference--and this acrimony may have distracted from the substance of what Hood is attempting to do, even when there is wide consensus on the merit of his goals. Still, Hood denies the existence of any parallels between his situation and that of Harvard's Summers, and has indicated that the failure of his governance proposals would not cause him to resign.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)