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Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm


reviewed by David Ayers — October 15, 2009

coverTitle: Competing Conceptions of Academic Governance: Negotiating the Perfect Storm
Author(s): William G. Tierney
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801892112, Pages: 264, Year: 2009
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In this edited volume, William G. Tierney describes the current environment for higher education as the perfect storm. It is intended to be a resource for higher education researchers, academic leaders, faculty, and others seeking to navigate the turbulence and contradictions of academic governance in the early 21st century.  The organization of the book is straightforward.  The preface and introduction direct our attention to the perfect storm and its threat to higher education governance. Subsequent chapters offer diverse and in some cases competing views on current governance structures as well as their strengths and weaknesses. In the concluding chapter, Tierney assesses these critiques and synthesizes the valid points into a cultural framework to improve organizational performance. In the book’s preface, Mary Burgan of the American Association of University Professors creates a sense of urgency. Higher education, she explains, could lose its vitality if we neglect the model of collaborative and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 15, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15805, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:54:36 AM

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  • David Ayers
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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    DAVID F. AYERS is associate professor of higher education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research explores the cultural, political, and economic contexts of higher education governance. His most recent publication, “Institutional Contradiction in the Community College,” appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Community College Review. Correspondence may be addressed to dfayers@uncg.edu
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