Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture

Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture

by Mark William Roche


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Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture by Mark William Roche

In Realizing the Distinctive University: Vision and Values, Strategy and Culture, Mark Roche changes the terms of the debate about American higher education. A former dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, Roche argues for the importance of an institutional vision, not simply a brand, and while he extols the value of entrepreneurship, he defines it in contrast to the corporate drive toward commercialization and demands for business management models. Using the history of the German university to assess the need for, and implementation of, distinctive visions at American colleges and universities, Roche's own vision benefits from his deep connection to both systems as well as his experience in the trenches working to realize the special mission of an American Catholic university. Roche makes a significant contribution by delineating means for moving such an institution from vision to implementation.

Roche provides a road map to creating a superb arts and sciences college within a major research university and offers a rich analysis of five principles that have shaped the modern American university: flexibility, competition, incentives, accountability, and community. He notes the challenges and problems that surface with these categories and includes ample illustration of both best practices and personal missteps. The book makes clear that even a compelling intellectual vision must always be linked to its embodiment in rhetoric, support structures, and community. Throughout this unique and appealing contribution to the literature on higher education, Roche avoids polemic and remains optimistic about the ways in which a faculty member serving in administration can make a positive difference.

Realizing the Distinctive University is a must read for academic administrators, faculty members interested in the inner workings of the university, and graduate students and scholars of higher education.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268101473
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 502,228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mark William Roche is the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C, Professor of German Language and Literature and concurrent professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of a number of books, including Why Choose the Liberal Arts? and The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University, both published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction, or How I Almost Managed to Become Someone Else 1

Part I Vision and Change

1 The Idea and Reality of the University, or How We Got Where We Are 27

2 Vision, or What No Administrator Can Do Without 61

Part II Embodying and Funding the Vision

3 Embodiment, or Why Not All Meetings Are Dull 83

4 Resources, or What a University Needs Besides People and Ideas 120

Part III Structures, Strategies, Struggles

5 Flexibility, or How to Juggle Just about Anything 141

6 Competition, or How American Universities Have Always Embraced the Market 159

7 Incentives, or What the Second-Best Way to Motivate Faculty Members Is 173

8 Accountability, or How Criticism Can Be a Gift 184

9 Community, or How Something Can Be Both an End and a Means 233

Conclusion 249

Works Cited 261

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