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Governance Reconsidered: How Boards, Presidents, Administrators, and Faculty Can Help Their Colleges Thrive by Stephen Trachtenberg, Susan R. Pierce

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

Although campuses often experience conflicts over governance, the major points of contention more often than not occur when a substantial portion of the faculty believes that the institution's president has made decisions about what these faculty members believe to be academic matters without involving them adequately in the decision-making process. As this chapter will describe, there are also ample examples of presidents who have made decisions with only minimal consultation with the faculty and sometimes unilaterally, with no consultation whatsoever. These are the presidents who most often inspire faculty dissent and even votes of no confidence. ...

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