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ERIC Number: EJ866287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0737-7363
Quality University Decision-Making in Times of Crisis: Advice to Continuing Educators
Edelson, Paul Jay
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v57 n2 p117-119 2009
The subject of decision-making within a context of financial catastrophe is now of singular importance as public colleges and universities are confronting budget deficits of previously unimaginable scale. Because of the historic magnitude of budgetary shortfalls, campus leaders are without comparable prior experience which would help them to confidently address the crisis. They are operating within climates of great uncertainty and cannot accurately foresee outcomes. There are important variables that have traditionally been out of bounds, thus limiting available cost reduction options. These include defined faculty work-loads and priority campus missions. The imagined and not inaccurate, anticipated difficulty of achieving broad consensus, restricts decisions to a small group sharing the same values. This narrow clique rarely incorporates any sensitivity to the needs of part-time students and the bureaus that serve them. In this article, the author describes how continuing education leaders can act to both protect and advance the interests of their clients and divisions. The author draws upon his own 30-plus years of experience in continuing higher education, some of which is encapsulated in his 2006 book, "Drawing on Experience in Adult and Continuing Education."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A