Governing Academia / Edition 1

Governing Academia / Edition 1

by Ronald G. Ehrenberg
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Governing Academia / Edition 1

Public concern over sharp increases in undergraduate tuition has led many to question why colleges and universities cannot behave more like businesses and cut their costs to hold tuition down. Ronald G. Ehrenberg and his coauthors assert that understanding how academic institutions are governed provides part of the answer.

Factors that influence the governance of academic institutions include how states regulate higher education and govern their public institutions; the size and method of selection of boards of trustees; the roles of trustees, administrators, and faculty in shared governance at campuses; how universities are organized for fiscal and academic purposes; the presence or absence of collective bargaining for faculty, staff, and graduate student assistants; pressures from government regulations, donors, insurance carriers, athletic conferences, and accreditation agencies; and competition from for-profit providers.

Governing Academia, which covers all these aspects of governance, is enlightening and accessible for anyone interested in higher education. The authors are leading academic administrators and scholars from a wide range of fields including economics, education, law, political science, and public policy.

Contributors: Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Cornell University; James O. Freedman, Dartmouth College; Thomas H. Hammond, Michigan State University; Donald E. Heller, Pennsylvania State University; Benjamin E. Hermalin, University of California, Berkeley; Gabriel E. Kaplan, University of Colorado; Adam T. Kezsbom, Cornell University; Daniel B. Klaff, Cornell University; Susanne Lohmann, University of California, Los Angeles; Matthew P. Nagowski, Cornell University; Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston Law Center; Brian Pusser, University of Virginia; Sarah E. Turner, University of Virginia; John D. Wilson, Michigan State University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801472823
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald G. Ehrenberg is theIrving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.

Table of Contents

by Ronald G. Ehrenberg

I. Presidents, Trustees, and External Governance

1. Presidents and Trustees
by James O. Freedman

2. Higher Education Boards of Trustees
by Benjamin E. Hermalin

3. State Oversight of Academia
by Donald E. Heller

II. Internal Governance and Organization

4. Darwinian Medicine for the University
by Susanne Lohmann

5. Herding Cats in University Hierarchies: Formal Structure and Policy Choice in American Research Universities
by Thomas H. Hammond

6. Tiebout Competition versus Political Competition on a University Campus
by John Douglas Wilson

III. Governance in Practice

7. How Academic Ships Actually Navigate
by Gabriel E. Kaplan

8. Collective Bargaining in American Higher Education
by Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Daniel B. Klaff, Adam T. Kezsbom & Matthew P. Nagowski

IV. Challenges from Nonprofits and Nonlegal Legal Influences

9. Nonprofit and For-Profit Governance in Higher Education
Brian Pusser & Sarah E. Turner

10. The Rise of Nonlegal Legal Influences on Higher Education
by Michael A. Olivas

Conclusion: Looking to the Future
by Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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