Effective University Management in Difficult Times

Via Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

Any thoughtful discussion of university management in difficult times must occur in at least two contexts. The first is framed by the past half-century, a period in which we have seen the progressive collapse of state financial support for public colleges and universities in the United States, with simultaneous demands for increased student enrolment. The second is the more recent timeframe of the past year, a period whose global financial crisis and concomitant recession have exacerbated the problems that took shape in the last half-century, as historic decreases in US states’ tax revenues have led to additional reductions in state support for public colleges and universities. Private universities have shared in the more recent suffering, because of considerable endowment losses that have coincided with losses in the equities markets. While US universities struggle through the recession, institutions in other parts of the world are somewhat protected by more robust government support. The damage that has occurred in the past half-century and especially in the past year has left public colleges and universities and also many private institutions, particularly in the US, in a precarious condition. We are struggling to preserve our commitments to teaching, research, and service, because of financial constraints, increased operating costs, and other pressures. Effective management is the best, perhaps the only solution to the predicament in which we find ourselves in these difficult times. Paths to a World-Class University, John T. Casteen Global Perspectives on Higher Education, 2011, Volume 23, Section II, 139-157, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6091-355-6_7
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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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