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Talking Presidents Off the Ledge

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Originally published: “Talking Presidents Off the Ledge,” Inside Higher Ed, April 24, 2018 College presidents today are confronting challenges that they did not create and often can’t control, writes Susan Resneck Pierce. I’ve been receiving an unprecedented number of calls from presidents across the country asking me to “talk [them] off the ledge.” Most of …

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Becoming Acquainted With Ambivalence

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Originally published: “Becoming Acquainted With Ambivalence,” Inside Higher Ed, February 28, 2017 U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s assertion that faculty members tell students what to say and think distorts a basic fact: most professors are dedicated to teaching their students to think independently and critically, argues Susan Resneck Pierce. As someone who has been …

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Hope and Denial are Not Strategies

Inside Higher Ed - Shared Governance in Crisis

Originally published: “Hope and Denial are Not Strategies,” Inside Higher Ed, January 31, 2017 Today a great many American colleges and universities — ranging from those that, at least for now, seem reasonably secure to those that are hanging on by just a slight financial thread — are faced with a series of threats. Some …

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Shared Governance in Crisis

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Originally published: “Shared Governance in Crisis,” Inside Higher Ed, February 16, 2016 The events in recent weeks at Mount St. Mary’s University and Suffolk University have abruptly shattered notions of shared governance, to the detriment of their campuses, argues Susan Resneck Pierce. The highly publicized student protests this past fall often challenged the notion of …

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Merger Causes and Consequences

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Originally published: “Merger Causes and Consequences,” Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2014 In unprecedented ways, those in higher education leadership positions are now genuinely worried about both the viability of many good colleges and universities and the possibility that many of those that survive will be damaged. The litany of problems is well-known to readers …

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A New Partnership

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Originally published: “A New Partnership,” Inside Higher Ed, May 5, 2014 Although to my knowledge no one has tracked in a given year much less over time the number of faculty votes of no confidence in their presidents, readers of Inside Higher Ed will observe that such votes appear to be taking place all the time. The …

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Lessons from Virginia

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Originally published: “Lessons from Virginia” Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2012 Only University of Virginia Rector (a.k.a. board chair) Helen E. Dragas and Vice Rector Mark J. Kington and perhaps the four other members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors know for sure what prompted the decision to ask the highly regarded …

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Setting an Agenda: How Presidents Succeed or Fail in Promoting Change

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Originally published: “Setting an Agenda: How Presidents Succeed or Fail in Promoting Change,” Inside Higher Ed, May 2, 2012 Most new college presidents today are confronted with what their institutions deem insufficient resources (although what seems insufficient at one college would be a treasure trove for others). As a result, most presidents are hired with …

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Presidents and Mission

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Originally published: “Presidents and Mission,” Inside Higher Ed , September 21, 2011 Several years ago, as I began the process of learning about a faith-based college in my role as the institution’s presidential search consultant, a member of the campus community asked me how the search committee would know if candidates in fact met the bylaws requirement …

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