- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Stylus Publishing (January 3, 2018)
- Language: English
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Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation Paperback – January 3, 2018
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"College students were far more uniform in age, race, and socio-economic background a few decades ago than they are now, yet colleges and universities have often failed to design programs of study that work for these students. Leading Academic Change outlines the steps to take toward change on behalf of the new majority students, the non-white, low-income, working, second language, or adult learners who often find themselves in very unfamiliar territory in college classrooms.
This book is, above all, a call to give all students our very best, both in our classrooms and at our institutions. It is also a well-timed reminder that change is inevitable and that equity can be a means to achieving educational quality." (Reflective Teaching)
“In Leading Academic Change, Elaine P. Maimon has tapped her robust experience in university leadership to offer valuable insight and actionable ideas for higher education leaders focused on helping students persist, graduate and go on to lifelong learning and success.
Noting that first generation, low-income and returning adult students now make up the majority of undergraduates at America’s universities, Maimon rightly calls for more effective learning models for them than the century-old system characterized by two years of general education and two years of specialized study. Leading Academic Change provides a thought-provoking, worthwhile guide for leaders in education to manage change at a time when so much change is taking place. We owe it to our students to honor Maimon’s tenet of putting them first as we look to the future.” (IBHE Bulletin)
"Academic leaders – be they presidents, faculty, staff or community partners seeking to improve higher education and K-12 schools – will reap tremendous value from Leading Academic Change. Dr. Maimon has done a masterful job that will galvanize leaders to adopt an equity-minded, student-centered framework to increase student access, engagement, and success. Scholars and practitioners will appreciate the thoughtful guidance throughout this book that leverages design thinking to transform our nation's colleges and universities for long-term sustainability to produce graduates ready and able to tackle the challenges of the 21st century." (Martha J. Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign, Former U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013))
"Leading Academic Change offers important insights regarding the challenges and opportunities present during this extraordinary moment in the history of higher education. Drawing from her decades of leadership in the Academy, Elaine sets forth a compelling case for reexamining traditional educational structures and hierarchies, and exploring possibilities for transforming our models, guided by the profound principle that, 'Nothing is more powerful in higher education than uncompromising commitment to student success.'" (John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University)
"One of America's best university presidents has written a brilliant book that will surely inspire and instruct other educational leaders. Each page overflows with eloquence, wisdom, evidence, and powerful examples. This book is perhaps Maimon's most significant gift to higher education. Anyone interested in transformation must read it." (Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor University of Southern California Rossier School of Education)
“Elaine Maimon combines her long experience as a leader in the writing across the curriculum movement, where writing becomes a tool for learning in higher education, with her long experience as president of one of those increasingly rare public universities where equity is treated as a means of achieving quality. This book is a practical yet radical response to those in higher education who would separate thinking and writing (and make writing remedial), as well as those who would separate quality and equity (and make equity an afterthought). It is a must-read for college teachers and administrators who seek a positive, principled response to the problems besetting US higher education.” (David Russell, Professor of English Iowa State University)
"Raising the bar for student success is critical for America as it confronts the challenges of the twenty-first century. This is the right time to address transformational leadership in higher education and the indispensable role of public four-year comprehensive state colleges and universities. Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation combines the author’s scholarly knowledge and practical experience to provide guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for transformational leadership. This book is an indispensable resource for those committed to improving their institutions in the interest of student success." (Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D., President American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU))
“The conception of a purposeful and public-spirited liberal education set forth in these pages applies directly to students’ career interests, and to all majors, including majors whose titles ‘sound like a job.’ Whether students aspire to be accountants, or health workers, or the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, the author wants all of them to emerge with well-anchored big picture knowledge and the judgment to connect knowledge with ethical action. But to help students actually achieve this kind of education, educators themselves will need to break free of old assumptions about how students should proceed through college. Leading Academic Change shows us how.” (--from the foreword by Carol Geary Schneider)
About the Author
Elaine P. Maimon is the fifth president of Governors State University (GSU); she has lead the university in creating seamless pathways to student success, earning GSU the 2015 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. Dr. Maimon came to GSU with considerable administrative and faculty experience: Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage; Vice President, Arizona State University, where she led the West Campus; Dean of Experimental Programs, Queens College (CUNY); Associate Dean of the College, Brown University; Associate Vice President, Arcadia University (Beaver College); and Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College. An expert in the teaching of writing and a founder of Writing Across the Curriculum, Dr. Maimon has published many books, including A Writer's Resource (6th edition). Her numerous awards include the Donna Shavlik Award for Women’s Leadership in Higher Education (ACE, 2014) and the Chicagoland ATHENA Leadership Award (2014).
A Checklist for Transformative Leaders by Elaine Maimon, from The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Designing Higher Ed for a Healthy Democracy: How one institution made the shift to helping underserved students reach their academic goals, from University Business Magazine.
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The book comes from the front lines, written by the president of a university that has made a strong commitment to the nurturing of first generation Exclamation Point students (students who are among the first in their communities, let alone their extended families, to pursue a degree). It makes a persuasive case for dismissing the shallowness of politicians who say "we need plumbers, not philosophers," arguing indisputably, practically, that we must engender a quest for truth in students who are now struggling in a "post-truth" world.
The author makes the powerful, convincing contention that a hierarchical fallacy has academics thinking that "smarter" professors teach graduate courses and leave foundational instruction to adjuncts. It also makes its case that mentorship and the cultivation of knowledge and wisdom are inextricably intertwined, and that professors may well have the greatest impact at the beginning of a student's degree quest, not the end.
There's an inspirational memoir underneath these chapters - the arc of a life for a woman who took on the challenges of motherhood while finding herself on less traveled paths and in all corners of the country, advancing over time to become a founder of the movement to strengthen Writing Across the Curriculum, to becoming president of a university that brings its highest commitment to underserved populations, and now as the author of an eminently accessible text that should have a national influence on professors, university administrators, and public policy makers alike.
During 45 years of service in this sector, I have read many books on the subject. This book excels them all in many respects. It is written by a sitting president who has come through the ranks of the professoriate, and has personally led and presided over successful transformative change at urban institutions with large numbers of first generation college students. As such, it is full of practical, pragmatic and proven strategies. It is also refreshingly noteworthy that the book’s singular focus is on improving student success.
For these and related reasons, I would highly recommend it.