Governance Reconsidered. How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive

  • ID: 2785703
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Governance Reconsidered

Susan Resneck Pierce reminds college presidents, trustees, and faculty members that, despite much handwringing on the topic of academic governance, they actually can and in fact must work together in a spirit of mutual respect and shared mission. Her perspective is practical and aspirational, prudent and ambitious, informative and encouraging.
Jo Ellen Parker, president, Sweet Briar College

This book is rich with insights and helpful advice for college and university trustees, presidents, and faculty seeking to navigate the challenges of shared governance. It should be required reading for all who wish to understand what contributes to a well–run institution of higher education.
Kathleen L. Rhinesmith, former chair, Board of Trustees, Ohio Wesleyan University

Susan Resneck Pierce s On Being Presidential is required reading for those who aspire to or embark upon college presidency. Now, with Governance Reconsidered, she provides a work that will be invaluable to those who sit in the corner office and to the boards that hire them. This book should definitely be on the bookshelves of college presidents and board members.
Georgia Nugent, president emerita, Kenyon College

This book paints a realistic picture of the governance forces that today s college and university presidents must reconsider in order for their institutions to thrive in the face of new challenges and opportunities.
Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council on Education

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Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Author xxv

1. Shared Governance: Its History and Its Challenges 1

The Pressures on Shared Governance 3

Differences in How Shared Governance Has Been Practiced 6

The History of Shared Governance 7

Differences over the Nature and Pace of Change 13

Pressures on Trustees, Presidents, and Faculty to Change 23

2. The Impact of Financial Pressures on Governance 25

The Causes of Financial Pressures 26

Efforts to Control Tuition and Limit Growing Financial Aid 33

The Dangers of Business as Usual in Times of Budget Problems 37

A Successful, Proactive Approach to Financial Pressures 42

3. The Impact on Governance of Contingent

Faculty, Online Learning, and MOOCs 45

Reliance on Contingent Faculty Affects Governance 46

Online Courses and MOOCs 58

4. The Impact on Governance of Questions About Higher Education s Value and Cost 69

Higher Education Is Vulnerable to Criticism 70

Claims That Colleges Are Failing to Educate Students 75

Elected Officials Seek to Influence Higher Education 78

Trustees Are Assuming More Activist Roles 87

5. Cautionary Tales: Protests of Presidential Actions and Lessons for Shared Governance 89

Chief Financial Officers Seek Academic Cost Reductions 90

Recommendations for Presidents 109

6. Cautionary Tales: Faculty Failures and Recommendations for Collaboration 123

Case Studies: Faculties That Resist Administrative Decisions 125

Recommendations for Faculty Members 141

7. Cautionary Tales: Boards That Fail to Fulfill Their Fiduciary Responsibilities and Recommendations for Changes 153

Examples of Boards Failing to Provide Oversight 154

Lessons Learned 167

Recommendations for Boards 167

The Complexity of Terminating a President 169

Recommendations for Boards That Are Confronted with Concerns About Presidential Performance 170

8. Exemplary Tales: Successful Presidents 185

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County 188

Kettering University 191

American International College 194

Pitzer College 197

Commonalities 199

Resources 201

References 203

Index 215

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SUSAN RESNECK PIERCE is president emerita of the University of Puget Sound. As president of SRP Consulting, she advises colleges and universities on planning, effective board and presidential performance, board development, governance, and fundraising. She is the author of On Being Presidential: A Guide for College and University Leaders (Jossey–Bass, 2012).

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