Academic governance is an art form that is inherently political in nature. This is most apparent when the big issues of the academy are on the table. In order to survive and be successful, given the external forces affecting their institutions, practitioners of the art of governance are urged to become market-smart, mission-centered, and politically savvy. Only by working in this manner can the key governance partners -- administrators, faculty, and governing boards -- hope to further the academic mission of their institution. Using case studies and relevant lierature, this book ilustrates the challenges to legitimate, shared-governance domains when the routine of the academy is forced to deal with big issues, often brought on by external forces. Morimer and Sathre have gone beyond a discussion of faulty/administrative behavior by focusing on what happens when the legitimate governance claims of faculty, trustees, and presidents clash. They place these relationships in the broader context of internal institutional governance and analyze the dynamics that unfold when advocacy trumps collegiality. The book closes with a defense of shared governance and offers observations and practical suggestions about how the academy can share authority effectively and further achievement of its mission.
Author: Kenneth P. Mortimer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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