Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadership

Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadership

Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadership

Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadership

Synopsis

Higher education is facing up to new challenges, and Hoffman and Summers show what these are and how schools are coping. The rise of "for-profit education," shrinking budgets and enrollment challenges, technological advances in education methodology, the graying of the higher education workforce, and increasing minority and adult enrollment are just some of the challenges discussed.

Excerpt

Few will challenge the underlying thesis of Managing Colleges and Universities: Issues for Leadersbip: The world is changing rapidly and these changes will have an inevitable and profound impact on higher education. Even those who disagree with Allan Hoffman and Randal Summers' prognostications regarding the exact direction this change will take, must agree that institutions that fail to respond to the trends taking place around them will not likely survive with significance very far into the new millennium.

Regardless of one's position in the academy, the experienced practitioners who have contributed to this book provide a wealth of hands-on knowledge of the inner workings of the traditional academic institution. Their insights and suggestions have been honed in the trenches and, therefore, merit careful consideration. Another strength of the book is that it not only outlines some of the forces impacting the academy, but also delineates successful change management strategies.

While not every reader will find every chapter equally enlightening, all will come away with a greater appreciation for the challenges facing higher education and with a renewed sense of urgency to get on with figuring out how to ensure the continued relevance and vitality of American higher education.

Dean L. Hubbard . . .

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