1st Edition

Challenges in Higher Education Leadership
Practical and Scholarly Solutions

ISBN 9781138884878
Published January 6, 2017 by Routledge
256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

In this important resource, experienced higher education presidents and senior leaders come together with respected scholars to tackle the most important and timely issues facing leaders in colleges and universities today.  Challenges in Higher Education Leadership advances critical leadership and management skills across a broad array of topics, including student learning, access and affordability, racism, fundraising, athletics, and new technology. Chapters strike a balance between theory and practical advice while promoting the notion that all leaders can learn lessons from one another that can be useful in their own specific contexts. This book poses strategic questions readers should answer, along with advice about how to effectively address today's challenges, providing leaders with the skills and perspectives necessary to respond to higher education students’ needs. 

Table of Contents



James Soto Antony, Ana Mari Cauce, and Donna E. Shalala

Chapter 1

Avatars of Learning: The Heart and Purpose of Presidential Leadership

William Scott Green and Donna E. Shalala

Chapter 2

Leading the Call for Improving Student Learning Goals and Outcomes

Corbin M. Campbell and Mary J. Meehan

Chapter 3

The Leadership Challenges for Higher Education’s Digital Future

Rafael L. Bras and Richard A. DeMillo

Chapter 4

Leading Higher Education Redesign

Ross Gittell

Chapter 5

Access and Affordability in Selective, Private Non-Profit Colleges and Universities

David Zimmerman and Catherine Bond Hill

Chapter 6

Serving the Public Good by Utilizing Scientific Patents to Incentivize Economic Growth

John D. Wiley and Laura Dunek

Chapter 7

Fundraising and the Future of Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Paul Quinn College

Marybeth Gasman and Michael Sorrell

Chapter 8

Racially Responsive Leadership: Addressing the Longstanding Problem of Racism in Higher Education

Shaun R. Harper

Chapter 9

The Evolving Social Contract for Higher Education in the 21st Century: Serving the Public Good While Incentivizing Economic Growth

Nancy Zimpher, Laura Dunek, and Jessica Neidl

Chapter 10

Improving the Experience of Women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Professoriate

Phyllis M. Wise and Elizabeth H. Simmons

Chapter 11

Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum People Out of the Shadows: The Institutional Imperative for Building Inclusive Campus Communities

Susan (Sue) Rankin, Stephen Thurston Oliver, and Karen M. Whitney

Chapter 12

Leading Toward an Alignment between Athletics and the Academic Mission

John Emerson, Mark Emmert, and Robert Kustra


James Soto Antony, Ana Mari Cauce, and Donna E. Shalala

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James Soto Antony is Director of the Higher Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA.

Ana Mari Cauce is President of the University of Washington, USA.

Donna E. Shalala is President of the Clinton Foundation, USA.


"Challenges in Higher Education Leadership provides expert perspectives and advice from cutting-edge researchers and top practitioners who have done the hard work of leading at institutions across the country. This book issues a clear call for educators to get beyond disciplinary and institutional silos in order to tackle the challenges buffeting higher education such as, rapid demographic and technological change; socioeconomic stratification; and disinvestment in research. Most important, the authors provide real examples of how to do just that."

- Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, UMBC