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Smart Leadership for Higher Education in Difficult Times

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ISBN-10: 184980303X
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'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

About the Author

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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Pub (March 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184980303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849803038
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not at all worth the price, currently $100, for a book that goes into details on how leadership roles need to change during these difficult times. The problem is that this is just another "do as I say, not as I do" type book that uses large words to describe common sense. Working at a university with the author of one of the chapters, only makes it seem to me that while they can write a paper, they don't actually have the skills to pull off and get everyone else involved towards the common sense goals.

The main problem, which is never addressed, is how to first get everyone else on board so that you can start implementing the goals. Otherwise you may be able to get some of them accomplished but meet resistance on others, or you have to do some give and take to get the common sense implemented but you end up losing ground by allowing the other results to negate what you've accomplished.

Because of these problems, and the unrealistically expectations of selling this type of book at such a high price, the only place you'll ever see this are on the shelves of the author's and friend's bookshelf, collecting dust. The majority of them never read but only skimmed.
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