Transforming a College: The Story of a Little-Known College's Strategic Climb to National Distinction / Edition 1

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Overview

Taking a new approach to the study of higher education, George Keller examines the decisions made by Elon's administration, trustees, and faculty to transform a school with a limited endowment into a top regional university. Using Elon as a case study, Keller sheds light on the high-stakes competition among America's colleges and universities - where losers face contraction or closure and winners gain money, talented students, and top faculty.
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Review of Higher Education - Kristen A. Renn and William A. Edwards

Keller has brought his estimable experience as a consultant, strategic planner, and scholar to the task of presenting an engaging case study of institutional transformation... The resulting account is appealing and engaging, challenging the mindset of readers who are cynical about the possibilities for change in higher education and further inspiring those readers who remain hopeful that, at least in some situations, wholesale transformation is achievable.

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Keller's study sheds light on the competitive nature of higher education today, and may provide inspiration and guidance for other colleges and universities currently facing similar challenges.
Review of Higher Education - Kristen A. Renn and William A. Edwards
Keller has brought his estimable experience as a consultant, strategic planner, and scholar to the task of presenting an engaging case study of institutional transformation... The resulting account is appealing and engaging, challenging the mindset of readers who are cynical about the possibilities for change in higher education and further inspiring those readers who remain hopeful that, at least in some situations, wholesale transformation is achievable.
University Advancement

The book is not intended to be a recipe for success. Rather, Keller hoped that others would draw inspiration from Elon’s ascent. His words written in 2004 are just as true today, if not more so. ‘America has never needed as many highly educated, creative, spirited persons as it does today.’

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801879890
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 4.75 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

George Keller was an education consultant and one of America's leading scholars of higher education. He was chair of the graduate program in higher education studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Academic Strategy: The Management Revolution in American Higher Education, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

1 Up from the ashes 1
2 New leader, new initiatives 29
3 Student life and pleasures 41
4 Elevating the academics 57
5 Financing the rise 76
6 The fruits and ironies of success 88
7 Analysis of an ascent 98
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