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Changing Course: Making the Hard Decisions to Eliminate Academic Programs
     

Changing Course: Making the Hard Decisions to Eliminate Academic Programs

by Peter D. Eckel
 

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Discontinuing academic programs is a disruptive decision, but potentially one of the most important a campus can make. Leaders struggle to make priorities among departments and programs that are not easily or frequently compared, and because program elimination is rare, most leaders have little experience. Resistance emerges from expected as well as unexpected

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Discontinuing academic programs is a disruptive decision, but potentially one of the most important a campus can make. Leaders struggle to make priorities among departments and programs that are not easily or frequently compared, and because program elimination is rare, most leaders have little experience. Resistance emerges from expected as well as unexpected places. Changing Course focuses on the process of eliminating academic programs and provides advice for leaders seeking to close programs and those seeking to prevent closures. The book gives an in-depth look at the decisions and leadership associated with program closures. It illustrates the processes of closing academic programs at four universities and draws insights across those cases. It highlights the role of shared governance in program closure and examines the criteria campuses use to identify programs. It also highlights points of effective and ineffective resistance. The insights can help leaders examine the need to close academic programs, craft sound processes, and ensure a lasting positive impact on the institution.

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Planning For Higher Education
Those contemplating program termination will benefit from Peter D. Eckel's regorous and insightful research...Changing Course is an excellent resource for university decision makers trying to manage their institutions in an era of declining resources for higher education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607095156
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/16/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Eckel is director, Programs and Initiatives in the American Council on Education's Center for Effective Leadership. His portfolio includes programs that focus on leadership, governance and institutional change.

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