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ERIC Number: EJ791396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
New Peril for the Provost
Paradise, Louis V.; Dawson, Kimya M.
About Campus, v12 n1 p30-32 Mar-Apr 2007
The collegiality of earlier days, when provosts and other academic officers could engage educators and students on issues such as what knowledge a graduate should possess or which great books all students should read has given way to concerns about institutional competitiveness, enrollment management issues, unfunded mandates from state and federal governments, student scores on entrance examinations, college rankings in popular magazines, and a myriad of accountability-related requirements. Initially, the provost was concerned exclusively with matters of hiring and evaluating faculty, maintaining accreditation, and developing and implementing curriculum--all clearly linked to the academic mission. More recently, the provost's role has evolved or, some would say, devolved to encompass many new responsibilities, many of which are only tangentially related to academics. The authors' contention is that provosts probably spend far less time on academic matters than ever before. In fact, they believe that the provost's role as chief academic officer is being marginalized as the new role of juggler of many new external forces takes center stage. They also believe that amid the new realities of higher education, academia is taking a back seat. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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