Women in Higher Education

By W. Todd Furniss; Patricia Albjerg Graham | Go to book overview

ROGER W. HEYNS


Renewal, Financing, Cooperation: Tasks for Today

I want to take this opportunity to make some observations about the nature and responsibilities of leadership in postsecondary education today, to offer some views on the present situation in higher education, and to outline what I consider the main tasks before us.

The function of leadership in higher education today is complex. Collective higher education has chosen, and quite properly, to avoid a centrally administered apparatus for its activities. It is committed to diversity in virtually every area: curriculum, organization, governance, and sources of support. As a consequence, higher education is not and does not look tidy. Opinions and practices continue to differ. On those issues on which consensus appears desirable, we must accept that the processes for achieving it are laborious and imperfect. I am not suggesting that the mechanisms for voluntary collective policy making should not be improved. Indeed, one of the principal objectives for the American Council on Education is to work with others to improve these mechanisms. But, to paraphrase John Gardner, we must have the grace to live with the consequences of our choices.

With this reminder of the extent to which we share the leadership task, let us turn to the situation of higher education today. The goals we choose and the style with which we pursue them are substantially affected by our views about the distance we have come, our assessment of current strengths and weaknesses, and an evaluation of our environment.

First, some observations about the recent past, the period of turmoil. On balance, I am more heartened by the accomplishments of education in the past decade than discouraged by its failures. Academic leadership has been beset by enormous challenges to its purposes, modes of governance, and procedures. Yet, our institutions have emerged stronger, more adaptive, and more sensitive.

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