Myths and Realities of Academic Administration

Author: Patricia R. Plante
Publisher: Oryx Press
Format: PDF
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Do new administrators really experience a honeymoon period? Is a confrontation with a hostile faculty a certainty? With an eye toward the ideal but a foot planted firmly in reality, this book views the crumbling of ten major myths about academic administration. Over 125 executives from colleges of all types and sizes were polled and responded with their experiences of today's most prevalent misconceptions. Myths explored and exploded include how administrators inherit untouchables, yearn for the classroom, equivocate, and are torn by conflicting constituencies. This volume, with its candid comments, ventures to transcend the silence surrounding the intimate concerns, pressures, ideals and realities of the chief executive position while effecting new debate and personal reflection.

Legitimacy in the Academic Presidency

Author: Rita Bornstein
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781573565622
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book focuses on the impetus for leading change. Bornstein draws on numerous sources for a theoretical perspective on the factors associated with the president's role in creating legitimate change.

Academic Life

Author: John B. Bennett
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1556359012
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this profound look at the academy, John Bennett reminds us that our leadership decisions always presuppose our philosophies of life and that understanding precedes practice. How we understand the communities we lead informs the many practical judgments we make about directions to take, structures to create, processes to initiate, and values to uphold. Bennett argues that faculty may understand their departments or institutions in one of two ways: as simply aggregations of individuals or as communities of intertwined persons. From these views, two different leadership values and positions emerge. The first disposes us toward seeing academic conflict as inevitable and elevates heroic leadership styles where power is understood in terms of advancing one agenda over competitors. The second underwrites leadership as supposing openness to others and emphasizes the vital contributions that can follow. By providing specific illustrations of the two modes of leadership and the nature of hospitality and openness, Academic Life presents a strong platform from which to build a rich and rewarding academic community. Contents include: • The nature of insistent individualism • Why the prevalence of insistent individualism? • Hospitality as an essential virtue • Self, others, institutions, and the common good • Conversation as an essential metaphor • The uses of conversation • Community and covenant • Engaged, but not heroic, leadership

The Future of the Public University in America

Author: James J. Duderstadt
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421403935
Format: PDF
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The authors conclude by suggesting strategies at the state and federal level to preserve and strengthen public higher education as a resource for future generations.

Student Loans in China

Author: Baoyan Cheng
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739145525
Format: PDF
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Providing the most updated information on the current financial aid system, especially the Government-subsidized Student Loan Program, in China, this book employs a multi-perspective approach to studying this loan program. Adopting an interdisciplinary framework, the book goes beyond examining the technical aspects of setting up a student loan program; it puts the loan program in a larger context of social stratification, equality and social justice.