Governing Academia

Governing Academia

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Public concern over sharp increases in undergraduate tuition has led many to question why colleges and universities cannot behave more like businesses and cut their costs to hold tuition down. Ronald G. Ehrenberg and his coauthors assert that understanding how academic institutions are governed provides part of the answer. Factors that influence the governance of academic institutions include how states regulate higher education and govern their public institutions; the size and method of selection of boards of trustees; the roles of trustees, administrators, and faculty in shared governance at campuses; how universities are organized for fiscal and academic purposes; the presence or absence of collective bargaining for faculty, staff, and graduate student assistants; pressures from government regulations, donors, insurance carriers, athletic conferences, and accreditation agencies; and competition from for-profit providers.Governing Academia, which covers all these aspects of governance, is enlightening and accessible for anyone interested in higher education. The authors are leading academic administrators and scholars from a wide range of fields including economics, education, law, political science, and public policy.Reformatted and lightly edited from Article 4 of the Bylaws of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. ... Gulicka#39;s essay (along with the larger aquot;principles of administrationaquot; literature) was subjected to a scornful attack by Herbert Simon in anbsp;...

Title:Governing Academia
Author:Ronald G. Ehrenberg
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2005-08-01


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