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

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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.

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"Susan Resneck Pierce reminds college presidents, trustees, and faculty members that, despite much handwringing onthe topic of academic governance, they actually can and infact must work together in a spirit of mutual respect and sharedmission. Her perspective is practical and aspirational, prudent andambitious, informative and encouraging."
--Jo Ellen Parker, president, Sweet Briar College

"This book is rich with insights and helpful advice forcollege and university trustees, presidents, and faculty seeking tonavigate the challenges of shared governance. It should be requiredreading for all who wish to understand what contributes to awell-run institution of higher education."
--Kathleen L. Rhinesmith, former chair, Board ofTrustees, Ohio Wesleyan University

"Susan Resneck Pierce's On Being Presidentialis required reading for those who aspire to or embark upon collegepresidency. Now, with Governance Reconsidered, she providesa 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 collegepresidents and board members."
--Georgia Nugent, president emerita, Kenyon College

"This book paints a realistic picture of the governanceforces that today's college and university presidents mustreconsider in order for their institutions to thrive in the face ofnew challenges and opportunities."
--Molly Corbett Broad, president, American Council onEducation

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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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