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Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times

Edited by David W. Breneman, University Professor and Newton and Rita Meyers Professor in Economics of Education, University of Virginia, US and Paul J. Yakoboski, Principal Research Fellow, TIAA-CREF Institute, US
As the US economy emerges from the severest recession in a generation, large questions regarding its long-term ramifications for higher education remain unanswered. In fact, the harshest effects of the economic downturn are likely ahead as campus leadership focuses on enrollment, affordability and fundraising. This volume of essays examines the challenges and opportunities for advancing higher education’s core missions of education, research and service in a resource-constrained environment.
In Association with TIAA-CREF
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $120.00 Web: $108.00
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 303 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Universities
  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Education
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Management and Universities
As the US economy emerges from the severest recession in a generation, large questions regarding its long-term ramifications for higher education remain unanswered. In fact, the harshest effects of the economic downturn are likely ahead as campus leadership focuses on enrollment, affordability and fundraising. This volume of essays examines the challenges and opportunities for advancing higher education’s core missions of education, research and service in a resource-constrained environment.

Many parties will wish to return to the old normal, but fulfilling the mission of higher education will require implementing change in the face of opposition, gaining support from key stakeholders, and maintaining morale in the process. The new normal entails innovating to meet the needs for higher education among a growing population of potential students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are ill-prepared for a college education and unaware of how to access it, and a population of mid-career students seeking to retool or reinvent themselves for the labor market. The economic success of both individuals and the US economy are directly dependent upon increasing the share of the population receiving a higher education. Chapter authors include college and university presidents and chancellors, and other senior administrators and thought leaders from the higher education community. They provide new and actionable information to enhance decision-making and inform strategic planning as well as a contemporary examination of the business of higher education and areas of potential new research.

This book is an excellent resource for academic administrators, as well as for researchers and students in business, management, economics, education and public sector economics.
‘In an era of sound bites, Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times provides an outstanding analysis of the context in which today’s colleges and universities operate. The essays are thought provoking, insightful and valuable for preparing our institutions for an uncertain future. Through case studies and personal experience, contributors challenge readers to reflect on our own institutions and re-imagine higher education.’
– Graham B. Spanier, The Pennsylvania State University, US

‘Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times makes the case that bridging the time from recession to recovery with typical belt-tightening tactics, without a strategy for fundamental change in the higher education business model, is a formula for failure. Globalization, changing demographics, evolving technology and jobs of the future are only beginning to impact the business of higher education. These trends, combined with the lingering effects of constrained revenue, are the building blocks of a new business environment. Reading this book will jump-start your thinking about how innovation, reorganization, prioritization and strategic investing are necessary for institutional success.’
– John Walda, National Association of College and University Business Officers, US

‘In response to falling state support, limited returns from endowments and increasing costs, colleges and universities have turned to examinations of the mission of higher education and new ways in which its missions can be achieved. Two of the many provocative insights described in this series of papers concern the permanent nature of change in the economic, demographic and competitive environment, and the need for more creativity and innovation.’
– Risa Palm, Georgia State University, US

‘Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times offers positive ideas and encouragement from some of the leading thinkers and doers in higher education about how to lead proactively in response to the sobering challenges now facing colleges and universities – economic stagnation; the completion imperative; rapid demographic changes; global competition; the stunning pace of technological change; and the tensions among affordability and the stubborn growth in college unit costs.’
– William Zumeta, University of Washington and Association for the Study of Higher Education, US
Contributors: J.M. Adams, G. Bannister, D.W. Breneman, K.J. Chabotar, M.M. Crow, M. Cullinan, R.W. Ferguson, Jr, B. Fong, R.C. Holub, W.E. Kirwan, D. Lieberman, G.M.S.L. O’Brien, E. Padrón, C.B. Reed, C. Swenson, S.J. Trachtenberg, J. Wellman, P.J. Yakoboski
Contents:

Foreword
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

Introduction
Paul J. Yakoboski

1. Is the Business Model of Higher Education Broken?
David W. Breneman

2. Macro-challenges of the National Imperative Facing Higher Education
William E. Kirwan

3. Expanded Access to Public Higher Education: Challenges for the Twenty-first Century
Charles B. Reed

4. Beyond the ‘New Normal’ in American Higher Education: Toward Perpetual Innovation
Michael M. Crow

5. Higher Education’s Mandate: Planning for a New Generation
Eduardo J. Padrón

6. Southern Oregon University: A Case Study for Change in the ‘New Normal’
Mary Cullinan

7. Don’t Mourn, Reorganize!
Robert C. Holub

8. Opportunities and Obstacles: The Imperative of Global Citizenship
J. Michael Adams

9. Leading in a Changing Environment
Kent John Chabotar

10. The ‘New Normal’: Prospects for Postsecondary Education in the Twenty-first Century
Bobby Fong

11. Enhancing Faculty Vitality and Institutional Commitment: Smart Leadership in Difficult Times
Devorah Lieberman

12. Where is the Money? Leading in a Changing Environment
Jane Wellman

13. Ten Potential Lessons from Investor-owned Higher Education
Gregory M. St. L. O’Brien, Craig Swenson and Geoffrey Bannister

14. Cold Comforts: Questioning the Habits of Higher Education
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg

Index