BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education
A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions
7th November 2012
- ISBN 9781579224813
- Language English
- Pages 448 pp.
- Size 6" x 9"
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29th April 2013
- ISBN 9781579228804
- Language English
- Pages 448 pp.
- Size 6" x 9"
To meet the new and rapidly changing demands facing today’s higher education managers and leaders – from department chairs to trustees – this book offers guidance on how to effectively discharge their responsibilities and how to develop their skills for managing their relationships with internal and external stakeholders. It also provides a broad understanding of the structure and functions of their institution and of the appropriate loci of decision-making.
The authors go beyond the “positions” of leadership to emphasize the qualities of creativity, commitment, collaboration, delegation and courage that are essential to steer a unit, college or university through successful and enduring change
Recognizing that the hallmark of higher education in the United States is a diversity of institutional types, this book enables the reader to relate issues of environment, organization and management to his or her specific institution, from not only the presidential perspective, but from the vantage point of trustees, provosts, vice presidents, deans, and department heads. By covering all these functions—as well as the role of external stakeholders—in a single volume, this book offers readers a comprehensive view of how institutions respond to external forces and internal issues, and how these impact organizational structure, functions and decision-making in their roles, and the institution at large.
The book is informed by these three essential principles:
• Sound institutional decisions must be based on a clearly articulated mission and set of core values;
• Successful institutional adaptation to a changed environment must be grounded and aligned with the fundamental mission and core values; and
• Successful academic leaders must be able to create and foster partnerships, bringing diverse individuals and interests together around a shared vision and mission grounded in common values.
This handbook is divided into five units. The first introduces the reader to the scholarly field of higher education and establishes the contextual framework for the rest of the book. The second investigates the multifaceted and often complex relationships that exist between institutions of higher learning and the external constituencies. The third focuses how college and university presidents and their board of trustees keep an institutional mission focused while adapting to changes in the environment, while the fourth analyzes how colleges and universities fulfill their core mission through shared democratic partnerships. The concluding unit concerns how effective academic leaders implement their institution’s academic mission.
Both scholarly and accessible, this book is intended to be of interest to a broad audience, ranging from graduate students in higher education administration programs to members of institutional governing boards, and everyone in leadership positions in between.
All of the authors have completed graduate work in a higher education administration program, and collectively have had experience with academic administration at every level through to the university presidency. Two of the authors are currently faculty in leading higher programs teaching classes in administration and organizational theory and have published widely in the scholarly field. One has been a member of a governing board.
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“Enabling our colleges and universities to reach their highest academic and economic potential requires a commitment to the core values of higher education and to cultivating the partnerships in community, business, and government that allow us to bring those values to scale. Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education is a mindful handbook that leaders will find themselves referring back to often as the mission of higher education continues to evolve."Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York
"This encyclopedic compendium of the history and challenges of virtually all aspects of higher education will serve as a handy reference for academic leaders and scholars. It should find a place in all college and university libraries as well as in the personal libraries of presidents. The book’s perspective is that, to be successful, academic leaders must be focused on vision, mission, and core values; be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment; and include key constituents in decision-making. The book is an important contribution to the higher-education literature."Rita Bornstein, PhD, President Emerita & Cornell Professor of Philanthropy & Leadership Development, Rollins College
“This hefty volume consists of short articles about an amazingly wide array of topics in higher education and will be a welcome reference work for professionals in the field as well as trustees and donors. Those who need to know something quickly about an aspect of higher education that is outside their immediate experience will find the succinct treatment and comprehensive approach of great value. Each section also includes a lengthy bibliography for those who wish to learn more.”Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges
“A treasure trove of important concepts and practical wisdom for anyone interested in mastering the nuances of effective academic leadership in higher education. The authors combine key theory and real-world insight in ways that are incisive, interesting, and informative. A comprehensive guide and valuable resource for seasoned administrators and newly appointed board members alike.”Joseph P. Zolner, Senior Director of Higher Education Programs, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education is as handy as it is scholarly. Its scope of coverage and its level of detail make this book not just a ‘must-have’ but a ‘must-refer-to’ resource for scholars and practitioners alike. In particular, those new to higher education leadership, including board members and new presidents, will find higher education’s more puzzling features—such as shared governance, academic culture, and external influences—clarified in ways that will contribute to greater effectiveness.”Susan Whealler Johnston, Executive Vice President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
"The book is content rich for those looking for detailed background information on a wide range of topics. The list is far too long to repeat here, but suffice it to say that this is a comprehensive work that addresses issues related to organizational dynamics, policy frameworks, government interests, academic programs, faculty responsibilities, trusteeship, global education, legal matters, strategic planning, and, of course, student success. If there is one comprehensive text you are prepared to study about higher education, make it this one."Mark L. Putnam, President of Central College - The Department Chair
Foreword: Academic Leadership and Its Consequences
Stanley O. Ikenberry
Three Essential Principles
Organization of This Book
Part One: History, Politics, Globalization, and Organizational Theory in Higher Education
1) Principles of Academic Leadership
2) Understanding Academic Organizations
3) Global Engagement of Colleges and Universities
Part Two: External Constituencies
4) Federal Engagement in Higher Education
5) State and Local Governments’ Relationship with Higher Education
6) The Courts and Higher Education
7) The Engaged College or University
8) External Influences and the Role of Supporting Organizations
Part Three: The Boundary Spanners
10) The Academic Presidency
Part Four: The Academic Core
11) Governance of the Academic Core
12) Academic Departments and Departmental Leadership
13) The Faculty
Part Five: Implementation of the Academic Mission
14) The Student Experience
15) Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting