The Responsive University: Restructuring for High Performance

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In The Responsive University, William G. Tierney brings together a distinguished group of practitioners and scholars to describe how colleges and universities might respond effectively to changing social, demographic, and political forces. In each chapter, the contributors diagnose a specific problem and show how solutions can be found by reorienting basic work structures and designing nimbler, more creative organizations. Their goal is to encourage systemic change throughout the academy, and they propose ...

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Overview

In The Responsive University, William G. Tierney brings together a distinguished group of practitioners and scholars to describe how colleges and universities might respond effectively to changing social, demographic, and political forces. In each chapter, the contributors diagnose a specific problem and show how solutions can be found by reorienting basic work structures and designing nimbler, more creative organizations. Their goal is to encourage systemic change throughout the academy, and they propose far-reaching changes in such areas as management, marketing, and assessment. The Responsive University provides practical, real-world solutions for achieving high performance in colleges and universities.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

The deliberately challenging essays provide both compelling arguments and practical discussions of the implications of these arguments... Like Tierney's other works... this volume is well edited, well written, and challenging.

Studies in Higher Education - Elaine El-Khawas

The book's forward-thinking recommendations should provide useful guideposts as readers assess the challenges and constraints facing their own universities.

Times Higher Education Supplement - Geoffrey Alderman

Their critical, balanced guide to the for-profit sector presents a welcome antidote to the ill-informed hysteria that has greeted its arrival on both sides of the pond.

Studies in Higher Education
The book's forward-thinking recommendations should provide useful guideposts as readers assess the challenges and constraints facing their own universities.

— Elaine El-Khawas

Virginia Quarterly Review

This book may startle some people... Definitely food for thought.

Choice

The deliberately challenging essays provide both compelling arguments and practical discussions of the implications of these arguments... Like Tierney's other works... this volume is well edited, well written, and challenging.

Future Survey

This book is about getting out of the box. It is about rethinking fundamental assumptions of higher education. To survive and thrive in the next century, colleges and universities will have to be responsive in the eyes of those being served.

Times Higher Education Supplement
Their critical, balanced guide to the for-profit sector presents a welcome antidote to the ill-informed hysteria that has greeted its arrival on both sides of the pond.

— Geoffrey Alderman

Booknews
These six contributions maintain that only fundamental changes will solve the endemic problems that plague colleges and universities. The authors focus on systems and structures, rather than on the leadership of particular individuals. They offer plans for generating internal responses to external demands and constrictions, and call for increased communication and involvement with society, decentralized and localized governance, and integration and coordination within the academy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801862601
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Tierney is the Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and the director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. His books include Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe and Building Communities of Difference: Higher Education in the 21st Century.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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