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Pruning the Ivy: The Overdue Reform of Higher Education

reviewed by Elaine El-Khawas - April 25, 2008

coverTitle: Pruning the Ivy: The Overdue Reform of Higher Education
Author(s): Milton Leontiades
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 159311740X, Pages: 127, Year: 2007
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Milton Leontiades tells us that he served as dean of a business school at a prestigious public research university (not named) for 15 years, following a career in business and government. In this book, he describes the numerous ways that universities do not act like businesses, and he urges fundamental reform. In eight chapters, he reviews the problems needing reform, from high costs and low productivity to ineffective governance and threats of increasing competition from foreign universities and for-profit online companies. Despite the sweeping title, he does explain (p. 31) that research universities are the focus of this book. Leontiades offers strong opinions throughout and is especially critical of the power that university faculty have over academic decisions. His particular ‘axis of evil’ is tenure, academic freedom, and shared governance. He urges reform of all three, and stresses that they all must be attacked as one. He does not mince words.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 25, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15238, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 12:50:45 PM

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  • Elaine El-Khawas
    George Washington University
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    ELAINE EL-KHAWAS is Professor of Education Policy at George Washington University. Her research centers on issues of accountability and quality assurance in higher education, and she recently developed and taught a graduate seminar on accountability in education.
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