ERIC Number: EJ896351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Differentiating America's Colleges and Universities: A Case Study in Institutional Innovation in Arizona
Crow, Michael M.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n5 p36-41 Sep-Oct 2010
Colleges and universities negotiating their recovery from the most severe recession in nearly a century are currently implementing a welter of hastily devised measures aimed at reducing operating costs, becoming more efficient, and restoring a prior equilibrium. Administrators reacting to the downturn should not restrict their focus to the short term, fixating exclusively on cost cutting or reshuffling longstanding priorities. They should instead engage in comprehensive long-range planning that uncovers and fixes "design flaws" and advances new and differentiated models for the nation's colleges and universities. The reconceptualization of Arizona State University (ASU) is considered in this article as a case study of how one university has accomplished such a redesign. As president of ASU, the author has led an effort to reinvent the youngest major public research institution in the United States through a comprehensive "design process" that has included both an exhaustive reevaluation of their academic organization and operations and an effort to pioneer what they term the "New American University"--an egalitarian institution committed to academic excellence, access, and maximum societal impact.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Case Studies, Educational Innovation, Financial Exigency, Costs, Models, Educational Planning, College Presidents, Access to Education, Excellence in Education, Administrative Organization, Educational Change, Research Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona