ERIC Number: EJ863994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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Sustaining Transformation: "Resiliency in Hard Times"
Guarasci, Richard; Lieberman, Devorah
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n6 p24-31 Nov-Dec 2009
The strategic, systemic, and encompassing evolution of a college or university spans a number of years, and the vagaries of economic cycles inevitably catch transforming institutions in mid-voyage. "Sustaining Transformation: Resiliency in Hard Times" presents a study of Wagner College as it moves into its second decade of purposeful institutional change. In 1997, with finances all but exhausted, Wagner was forced by economic circumstances to redefine itself. Richard Guarasci, hired that year as provost, led Wagner's faculty in the development of a comprehensive redesign of the curriculum that was student-centered, theoretical, experiential, and integrated with the college's location in New York City. Known as the Wagner Plan, the new curriculum attracted students, and the college's finances began to stabilize. To avoid faculty burn-out--the greatest barrier to sustained transformation--Wagner supports their on-going engagement through a multi-faceted system for professional growth developed under the leadership of Devorah Lieberman, who joined the college as provost in 2004. The article describes Wagner's path as it revamped its curriculum, presents the imperative for strategic and financial planning, and discusses the roles of critical constituencies for successfully weathering troubled economic seas.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Economic Climate, Adjustment (to Environment), Self Evaluation (Groups), Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Institutional Mission, Identification, School Holding Power, Human Capital, Transformational Leadership, Educational Philosophy, Private Colleges, Liberal Arts, Church Related Colleges, School Culture
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