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Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance

Negotiating the Perfect Storm

edited by William G. Tierney

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Today, institutional leaders face numerous struggles: intervention from boards of trustees, alumni, and state legislators; decline in financial support from the states; and competition in an increasingly global marketplace. While it is agreed that effective governance structures allow institutions to respond creatively to these challenges, how best to allocate control in order to maximize institutional efficiency, preserve academic freedom, and ensure institutional identity remains unclear. Increasingly, administrators look to non-academic institutions for governance and management strategies...

Today, institutional leaders face numerous struggles: intervention from boards of trustees, alumni, and state legislators; decline in financial support from the states; and competition in an increasingly global marketplace. While it is agreed that effective governance structures allow institutions to respond creatively to these challenges, how best to allocate control in order to maximize institutional efficiency, preserve academic freedom, and ensure institutional identity remains unclear. Increasingly, administrators look to non-academic institutions for governance and management strategies.

In Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance, William G. Tierney brings together faculty members, administrators, and policy experts to discuss differing views of academic governance at institutional, state, and international levels. Topics include the effects of globalization and the prospect of international accreditation; balancing the entrepreneurial and philosophical goals of higher education; the interaction between state governments and public universities; and the conflicting interests and roles of boards of trustees, administrators, and faculty. Carefully weighing various models and strategies, Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance provides new ways of understanding and addressing the changes that are transforming higher education.

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The broad perspectives on university governance put forward in this book, relevant to all who are 'negotiating the perfect storm,' make it worthwhile reading.

This book arrives at an important moment in the evolution of university governance... The research and scholarship in this volume provide a detailed depiction of the challenges faced by governing boards and postsecondary leaders.

An exciting book that covers all the vital topics and various points of view. The chapter authors are outstanding and it should be widely used in courses on governance.

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264
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9780801892110
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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Governance? Why Now?
Introduction: A Perfect Storm: Turbulence in Higher Education
Chapter 1. Going Global: Governance Implications of Cross-Border Traffic in Higher Education
Chapter 2. The

Preface: Why Governance? Why Now?
Introduction: A Perfect Storm: Turbulence in Higher Education
Chapter 1. Going Global: Governance Implications of Cross-Border Traffic in Higher Education
Chapter 2. The Paradox of Scope: A Challenge to the Governance of Higher Education
Chapter 3. Faculty Involvement in System-wide Governance
Chapter 4. The Ambiguous Future of Public Higher Education Systems
Chapter 5. Governing the Twenty-first-Century University: A View from the Bridge
Chapter 6. A Growing Quaintness: Traditional Governance in the Markedly New Realm of U.S. Higher Education
Chapter 7. University Governance and Academic Freedom
Chapter 8. Improving Academic Governance: Utilizing a Cultural Framework to Improve Organizational Performance
List of Contributors
Index

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William G. Tierney

William G. Tierney is University Professor, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, and director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. He is the editor of The Responsive University: Restructuring for High Performance and Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm, both...