Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education
A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions

Foreword by Stan Ikenberry
Cloth: 978 1 57922 481 3 / $49.00
Published: November 2012  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
448 pp., 6" x 9"
To meet the new and rapidly changing demands facing today’s higher education managers and leaders – from department chairs to trustees – this book offers guidance on how to effectively discharge their responsibilities and how to develop their skills for managing their relationships with internal and external stakeholders. It also provides a broad understanding of the structure and functions of their institution and of the appropriate loci of decision-making.

The authors go beyond the “positions” of leadership to emphasize the qualities of creativity, commitment, collaboration, delegation and courage that are essential to steer a unit, college or university through successful and enduring change

Recognizing that the hallmark of higher education in the United States is a diversity of institutional types, this book enables the reader to relate issues of environment, organization and management to his or her specific institution, from not only the presidential perspective, but from the vantage point of trustees, provosts, vice presidents, deans, and department heads. By covering all these functions—as well as the role of external stakeholders—in a single volume, this book offers readers a comprehensive view of how institutions respond to external forces and internal issues, and how these impact organizational structure, functions and decision-making in their roles, and the institution at large.

The book is informed by these three essential principles:
• Sound institutional decisions must be based on a clearly articulated mission and set of core values;
• Successful institutional adaptation to a changed environment must be grounded and aligned with the fundamental mission and core values; and
• Successful academic leaders must be able to create and foster partnerships, bringing diverse individuals and interests together around a shared vision and mission grounded in common values.

This handbook is divided into five units. The first introduces the reader to the scholarly field of higher education and establishes the contextual framework for the rest of the book. The second investigates the multifaceted and often complex relationships that exist between institutions of higher learning and the external constituencies. The third focuses how college and university presidents and their board of trustees keep an institutional mission focused while adapting to changes in the environment, while the fourth analyzes how colleges and universities fulfill their core mission through shared democratic partnerships. The concluding unit concerns how effective academic leaders implement their institution’s academic mission.

Both scholarly and accessible, this book is intended to be of interest to a broad audience, ranging from graduate students in higher education administration programs to members of institutional governing boards, and everyone in leadership positions in between.

All of the authors have completed graduate work in a higher education administration program, and collectively have had experience with academic administration at every level through to the university presidency. Two of the authors are currently faculty in leading higher programs teaching classes in administration and organizational theory and have published widely in the scholarly field. One has been a member of a governing board.

Study questions suitable for leadership training and graduate courses are provided online. See hot link at top right of this page.

Table of Contents:

Foreword: Academic Leadership and Its Consequences
Stanley O. Ikenberry

Three Essential Principles
Organization of This Book

Part One: History, Politics, Globalization, and Organizational Theory in Higher Education
1) Principles of Academic Leadership
2) Understanding Academic Organizations
3) Global Engagement of Colleges and Universities

Part Two: External Constituencies
4) Federal Engagement in Higher Education
5) State and Local Governments’ Relationship with Higher Education
6) The Courts and Higher Education
7) The Engaged College or University
8) External Influences and the Role of Supporting Organizations

Part Three: The Boundary Spanners
9) Trusteeship
10) The Academic Presidency

Part Four: The Academic Core
11) Governance of the Academic Core
12) Academic Departments and Departmental Leadership
13) The Faculty

Part Five: Implementation of the Academic Mission
14) The Student Experience
15) Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting



Reviews & Endorsements:
"The book is content rich for those looking for detailed background information on a wide range of topics. The list is far too long to repeat here, but suffice it to say that this is a comprehensive work that addresses issues related to organizational dynamics, policy frameworks, government interests, academic programs, faculty responsibilities, trusteeship, global education, legal matters, strategic planning, and, of course, student success. If there is one comprehensive text you are prepared to study about higher education, make it this one."
- Mark L. Putnam, President of Central College , The Department Chair
“Enabling our colleges and universities to reach their highest academic and economic potential requires a commitment to the core values of higher education and to cultivating the partnerships in community, business, and government that allow us to bring those values to scale. Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education is a mindful handbook that leaders will find themselves referring back to often as the mission of higher education continues to evolve."
- Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York
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