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

Book Description

Revamp senior administration organization for more effective governance

Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive takes an in-depth look at the current practice of governance in higher education and explores solutions for more effective functioning. Written by a former college president, the book provides an insider's perspective on the growing tensions around the traditional shared governance model and identifies the key challenges facing trustees, presidents, senior administrators, and faculty.

Traditional shared governance operations are typically time-consuming, process-laden, and slow to respond to the internal and external forces acting upon modern educational institutions. Higher education is facing increasing political and economic pressure, and senior administration frequently needs the flexibility to make institutional decisions quickly. Using recent public scandals as examples, Governance Reconsidered illustrates how the tension between the need for timely decisions and action versus the importance of mission and academic quality is creating a dramatic systemic problem. The book provides practical advice on the issues at the heart of the matter, including:

  • The nature and pace of change on campus, including the pressures facing higher education

  • Clarity about the roles and responsibilities of trustees, the president, and the faculty

  • The campus community's role in decision-making activities

  • How thriving universities can govern collaboratively

  • The book also addresses the brand new challenges that affect higher education governance, including MOOCs, online learning, and rising questions about value and cost. Campus leaders must work together effectively to boost higher education, and Governance Reconsidered contains the questions and answers integral to implementing effective governance.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface
      1. The Inspiration for This Book
      2. The Intended Audience
      3. The Structure of This Book
      4. Some Explanations for My Readers
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. About the Author
    9. Chapter 1: Shared Governance: Its History and Its Challenges
      1. The Pressures on Shared Governance
      2. Differences in How Shared Governance Has Been Practiced
      3. The History of Shared Governance
      4. Differences over the Nature and Pace of Change
      5. Pressures on Trustees, Presidents, and Faculty to Change
    10. Chapter 2: The Impact of Financial Pressures on Governance
      1. The Causes of Financial Pressures
      2. Efforts to Control Tuition and Limit Growing Financial Aid
      3. The Dangers of Business as Usual in Times of Budget Problems
      4. A Successful, Proactive Approach to Financial Pressures
    11. Chapter 3: The Impact on Governance of Contingent Faculty, Online Learning, and MOOCs
      1. Reliance on Contingent Faculty Affects Governance
      2. Online Courses and MOOCs
    12. Chapter 4: The Impact on Governance of Questions About Higher Education's Value and Cost
      1. Higher Education Is Vulnerable to Criticism
      2. Claims That Colleges Are Failing to Educate Students
      3. Elected Officials Seek to Influence Higher Education
      4. Trustees Are Assuming More Activist Roles
    13. Chapter 5: Cautionary Tales: Protests of Presidential Actions and Lessons for Shared Governance
      1. Chief Financial Officers Seek Academic Cost Reductions
      2. Recommendations for Presidents
    14. Chapter 6: Cautionary Tales: Faculty Failures and Recommendations for Collaboration
      1. Case Studies: Faculties That Resist Administrative Decisions
      2. Recommendations for Faculty Members
    15. Chapter 7: Cautionary Tales: Boards That Fail to Fulfill Their Fiduciary Responsibilities and Recommendations for Changes
      1. Examples of Boards Failing to Provide Oversight
      2. Lessons Learned
      3. Recommendations for Boards
      4. The Complexity of Terminating a President
      5. Recommendations for Boards That Are Confronted with Concerns About Presidential Performance
    16. Chapter 8: Exemplary Tales: Successful Presidents
      1. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
      2. Kettering University
      3. American International College
      4. Pitzer College
      5. Commonalities
    17. Resources
    18. References
    19. More from Wiley
    20. Index
    21. End User License Agreement