A Book on Higher Ed that Looks Dull but has Something Important to Say

George Leef

The book in question is Locus of Authority by William Bowen and Eugene Tobin, two former college presidents with impeccable higher ed establishment credentials. In today's Pope Center piece, I discuss the book's salient point, which is that the old governance system that gave the faculty a great deal of "say" in how colleges would be run needs to change.

At a time when the world of higher education is changing so that "nimbleness" in decision-making is necessary, the traditional shared governance system is an impediment that may drag down schools that don't jettison it. The book might even cause a few heads that have been buried in the sand to pop up and look at reality.

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