Administering Successful Programs for Adults: Promoting Excellence in Adult, Community and Continuing Education. Galbraith, M. W., Sisco, B. R., & Guglielmino, L. M. (1997). Krieger Publishing Company: Malabar, FL. 187 pages, $29.50, hardcover.
When the opportunity arises to review a book written by three acknowledged professionals in adult education instruction and research, the expectation of quality would seem foreseeable. In this case, the expectation was a reality. From the "Preface" to the final chapter, the reader is presented with a clear, concise, and literary explanation of a relevant and timely topic, the administration of programs. To often, authors of scholarly texts find it necessary to use language understandable only by experts in the discipline or subject matter. This is not the case with this publication. The text was written and published with current, or "would be," administrators in mind. The primary goal of the authors is to convey a basic understanding of the administrative process.
Galbraith, Sisco, and Guglielmino provide, in their Preface, an excellent synopsis of the book. The text has nine chapters, in which they discussed a variety of challenges administrators face. These challenges include the philosophical approaches to administration, the various environments within which administrators function, the challenges of budgeting and financing, and staff selection and development. They have included relevant information on program evaluation, legal and ethical considerations, and maintaining professional effectiveness through promoting and engaging in professional development. The book concludes with a very useful annotated list of resources for the reader. I again applaud the explicit and concise style of this text.
Administrating Successful Programs for Adults was written as an introductory text or primer, to be used and perused by "would be," new, or current administrators. It will not replace the famous analysis of statesmanship and power, Niccolo Machiavelli's, The Prince. It will, because of its condensed or abbreviated style, be a useful document. The theme of each chapter is clearly developed and the "Summary" is a definite plus. There are an adequate, not an overpowering, number of explanatory tables, models, and charts. …