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Our Secret Is Out

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.17.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

There's a secret to the Nature Conservancy's success. Without it, our ambitious science-based conservation activities around the world would likely be much less successful.

Suffolk University Needs An Immediate Tutorial In Shared Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.08.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

In an ugly soap opera still unfolding, Suffolk University's efforts to govern itself responsibly imploded over the past couple of weeks in an acid cloud of public "he said/she said." As the Suffolk debacle deepened, the finger pointing became a matter of public record.

Higher Education Accreditation: Is There Another Way Through the Looking Glass?

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The recent decision by the board of trustees to close Sweet Briar College raises an important question: Is there a better way to coordinate the findings of ratings groups to assist colleges and universities going forward?

Higher Education: The Problem with Priorities

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 03.07.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are some who might argue that this is no different than corporate politics played out at all levels. But colleges and universities are not corporations.

Higher Education: Identifying the Senior Team

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

When done right, governance can create a sense of momentum and possibility. The alternative is a hodgepodge of bickering clannish skirmishes where everyone loses.

The Vision Thing in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Finding a good college president is a little like choosing the right college. You know it when you feel it.

The Wizard of Oz: Lifting the Curtain?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

When we choose a college, we expect a lot for the money we pay. We cannot expect colleges to provide us jobs, but any help we receive is better than nothing at all. The last thing we want is that the governing body of our college sits behind a curtain and makes anonymous decisions that affect all of us.

Rutgers Board of Governors Plays 'Blame Game' in Athletics

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

There is little doubt: the Rutgers athletic department has been a mess for the better half of the past year, damaging a great university's image nationally. There are important lessons to be learned from how this happened.

Realize the Board's Limitations

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Dr. Roger H. Hull

The most important thing a board does is to hire and fire the president. If the board cannot rely on the president, if it feels it needs to run the college, it should get a new president.

The Evolution of Faculty Governance

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

American higher education is at a seminal moment in its history. The good news is that intersection of forces producing sweeping change represents a moment of unparalleled opportunity for faculty.

Part Two: A Quaker Liberal Arts College Assesses Its President?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

This week, using six categories of investigation, The Guilfordian will assess the state of the college during Chabotar's 11-year term.

Part One: A Quaker Liberal Arts College Assesses Its President?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Victor M. Feraru

On June 30, 2014, President Kent Chabotar's current contract comes to an end. Whether Chabotar and the Board of Trustees decide to continue his tenure as president beyond that date is unknown.

Governing Higher Ed Through Balance: Why Cultivating Collaboration Is Crucial, Now More Than Ever

H. Kim Bottomly | Posted 11.24.2012 | College
H. Kim Bottomly

The deep-seated vein of anti-intellectualism that runs through American culture has subtle effects as well as blatant ones -- and I think, could help explain the recent spate of dramatic failures in university governance.

Power, Presidents, and the Lessons of Penn State

Mark Schulman | Posted 09.16.2012 | College
Mark Schulman

Perhaps it is when presidents -- and Boards -- stop asking questions, stop worrying about where the line of disclosure is and what side they're standing on, that evils like the situation at Penn State arise.

The University of Virginia Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Mark Schulman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Education
Mark Schulman

Everyone, it seems, is now interested in the politics of higher education -- a topic that used to be downright obscure. This suggests to me that there is a crisis brewing.

Presidential Politics (College Edition)

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.18.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

I have no special insight into what might have caused Teresa Sullivan's abrupt departure as president of UVA. However, having been a college president for two decades, I do know this: these are not jobs for people with a low tolerance for risk.

Santa Monica College President Defends Campus Police

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.05.2012 | College

Santa Monica College president Dr. Chui L. Tsang defended campus police who dealt with demonstrators Tuesday evening, pepper-spraying dozens of studen...

PSU Faculty Do Not Vote 'No Confidence' In Board

Posted 03.26.2012 | College

With a 128-58 vote, the Penn State Faculty Senate voted down Tuesday a proposed no-confidence statement on the university Board of Trustees. Dissente...

California: Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joseph A. Palermo

Scwharzenegger and the Republicans who control California's finances have concluded it's not even worth trying to compete with India and China anymore, as evidenced by the "restructuring" of the California State University system.