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Innovations in Higher Education: Igniting the Spark for Success

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Rising costs and increasing global competition press institutions to do more with less. At the same time, deep budget cuts and a general social and political impatience have revived calls for reform in educational affordability, curriculum, and outcome measurement. Yet within this environment, a myriad of success stories are being forged among educational institutions, supporting industries, and educational consortia that are embracing innovative approaches to all aspects of the higher education system. This book...

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Overview

Rising costs and increasing global competition press institutions to do more with less. At the same time, deep budget cuts and a general social and political impatience have revived calls for reform in educational affordability, curriculum, and outcome measurement. Yet within this environment, a myriad of success stories are being forged among educational institutions, supporting industries, and educational consortia that are embracing innovative approaches to all aspects of the higher education system. This book spotlights those fresh approaches and aims to bring higher education professionals together, as part of a broad, national movement to motivate reflection and encourage similar dynamic efforts. The editors and expert contributors focus in particular on areas such as measures of academic quality, benchmarking, faculty development, retention, curriculum development, technology, and facilities. In each case, this book illustrates successful pilot programs and documents tools that have proven to maximize efficiencies crucial to the continued success of the entire higher learning community.

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Editorial Reviews

Alan Seidman
Hoffman and Spangehl present concrete examples of innovations in higher education that will encourage students to reach their objectives as they move through their higher education programs. The editors have brought together a group of experienced contributors who are experts in presenting innovative ideas to help students achieve success. Their stories are compelling and will enlighten and encourage others to follow along similar paths.
Edward J. Valeau
The editors and contributors have rightly concluded that institutional change is slow and moves at a glaciers pace. They provide great valuable insight into not only the need for change but the requisite collaboration to do so. This book provides the practitioner with success stories and the tools used to bring about change which is rarely done in books written today on change and innovation. It is a must read for college administrators and boards interested in leadership, innovation, institutional effectiveness and starting a conversation in on how to make it happen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442204461
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Series: ACE Series on Higher Education Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan M. Hoffman is past president of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, an affiliate of The Chicago School Education System (TCS ES). He earned his B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Hartford and received two M.A. degrees and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was named a Kellogg Fellow.
Stephen D. Spangehl is vice president for Accreditation Relations at the Higher Learning Commission. He has served as a member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program's Board of Examiners, on the Education and Training Board of the American Society for Quality, and on the board of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Preface

Part I. A View From the Top
Introduction to Part I

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Higher Education
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Innovation
Chapter 3: Does Accreditation Inhibit Innovation?
Chapter 4: Measuring Success
Chapter 5: The Present State of Higher Education, University of Pheonix
Chapter 6: Community Colleges: Developing a Culture of Innovation and Change, Foothill-De Anza Community College District

Part II. Success: In Their Own Words
Introduction to Part II
Chapter 7: Academic Quality Measures
Chapter 8: Benchmarking
Chapter 9: Faculty Development
Chapter 10: Student Retention
Chapter 11: Curriculum Development
Chapter 12: Technology
Chapter 13: Facilities

Part III. Putting it All Together
Introduction to Part III
Chapter 14: Motivating for Success - College of DuPage
Chapter 15: Building the Capacity for Change through Innovation - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

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