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Governing Academia: Who is in charge at the modern university? (Paperback)
  • Governing Academia: Who is in charge at the modern university? (Paperback)

Governing Academia: Who is in charge at the modern university? (Paperback)

Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 25/08/2005
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Public concern over sharp increases in undergraduate tuition has led many to question why colleges and universities cannot behave more like businesses and cut their costs to hold tuition down. Ronald G. Ehrenberg and his coauthors assert that understanding how academic institutions are governed provides part of the answer.

Factors that influence the governance of academic institutions include how states regulate higher education and govern their public institutions; the size and method of selection of boards of trustees; the roles of trustees, administrators, and faculty in shared governance at campuses; how universities are organized for fiscal and academic purposes; the presence or absence of collective bargaining for faculty, staff, and graduate student assistants; pressures from government regulations, donors, insurance carriers, athletic conferences, and accreditation agencies; and competition from for-profit providers.

Governing Academia, which covers all these aspects of governance, is enlightening and accessible for anyone interested in higher education. The authors are leading academic administrators and scholars from a wide range of fields including economics, education, law, political science, and public policy.

Contributors: Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Cornell University; James O. Freedman, Dartmouth College; Thomas H. Hammond, Michigan State University; Donald E. Heller, Pennsylvania State University; Benjamin E. Hermalin, University of California, Berkeley; Gabriel E. Kaplan, University of Colorado; Adam T. Kezsbom, Cornell University; Daniel B. Klaff, Cornell University; Susanne Lohmann, University of California, Los Angeles; Matthew P. Nagowski, Cornell University; Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center; Brian Pusser, University of Virginia; Sarah E. Turner, University of Virginia; John D. Wilson, Michigan State University

Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801472824
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm


"Although US-focused, the book's analyses and discussions could be generalized to higher education governance elsewhere, particularly given the increasing internationalism of the sector."-The Bulletin

"Governing Academia offers a multidisciplinary perspective on governance issues in American higher education that is valuable to both researchers and practitioners in the field. The book has wide appeal and it forced me to consider many new topics and impending issues in higher education."-Debra A. Barbezat, Journal of Economic Literature

"Governing Academia covers an important range of issues related to governance of institutions of higher education. The contributors address issues that affect both public policy and the internal operations of campuses. The individual chapters are well written, and their authors are well grounded in and demonstrate solid knowledge of the subject matter."-Michael A. Baer, Senior Vice President, Programs and Analysis, American Council on Education

"Governing Academia will be a valued addition to the library of anyone wishing to explore or to explain why governing a public or nonprofit university differs fundamentally and necessarily from managing a commercial corporation."-Ernst Benjamin, former General Secretary and Director of Research, American Association of University Professors

"This is a splendid volume. Each chapter in its own way was a pleasure to read, and I learned a great deal from each author."-David W. Breneman, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

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