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Andrew J. Policano and Gary C. Fethke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804780506

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804780506.001.0001

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Cultural Impediments to Change

Cultural Impediments to Change

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(p.171) 10 Cultural Impediments to Change
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804780506.003.0010

This chapter identifies the impediments to change in the governance structure and culture of public universities in the U.S. It argues that one of the most formidable obstacles in public universities' efforts to adapt to a more competitive environment is a weak central administration that includes conservative faculty, micromanaging governing boards, and legislators. This chapter also contends that governance processes that continue to focus on equity over merit will be increasingly difficult to sustain in competitive research and teaching environments and suggest that university leadership must form distinctive missions and value propositions with faculty support, if possible.

Keywords:   public universities, governance structure, governance culture, U.S., conservative faculty, governing boards, legislators, university leadership, value propositions, faculty support

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