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ERIC Number: EJ883591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Bottom Line, Bottom Line
Trachtenberg, Stephen Joel
Trusteeship, v16 n5 p20-24 Sep-Oct 2008
Unlike most businesses, universities are both capital-and labor-intensive; yet contrary to standard business practice, they wring the most use and value out of their plants and payrolls for fewer than seven months a year. University presidents may appear to be very much like chief executive officers, but their powers to change course--or even a course or two--are limited by the bedrock principles of academic freedom and shared governance, which give power to deans, department chairs, and tenured faculty. New trustees are often amazed at the sheer number of courses, majors, and programs typically offered by a university. In this article, the author expresses his views on the two bottom lines that universities should have their eyes on: (1) finances; and (2) mission, and discusses the various functions of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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