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ERIC Number: EJ883922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
When "Good Enough" Is Not Good Enough
MacTaggart, Terry
Trusteeship, v17 n5 p29-34 Sep-Oct 2009
Achieving high performance in tough times is the most serious challenge facing presidents and trustees during this recession, when the temptation may be to substitute "getting by" for truly outstanding governance. Defining victory as making it through the fiscal year, with little thought to where the institution should be positioned in three to five years, leads to impoverished academics, reduced finances and lower market appeal. Some smaller independent colleges will close during this period. Some state universities will find themselves hollowed out, with their doors still open, but with less and less reason for students to enter them. By contrast, leaders with bold aspirations for themselves and their institutions and the savvy to execute their plans will continue to advance. This article describes the experiences of five institutions--three independent and two public--that set high aspirations for themselves before the dawn of the economic crisis, and continue to make progress during the downturn. They participated in a new Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) program called Achieving High Performance, which created a pilot network of colleges committed to defining and achieving a measurably higher level of quality and reputation.
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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: Florida; Iowa; Minnesota; Ohio; Vermont; Washington