Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

09. Ronald G. Ehrenberg, ed., Labor and Industrial Relations/Economics

Governing Academia: Who Is in Charge at the Modern University? (Cornell University Press, 2004). Public concern over sharp increases in undergraduate tuition has led many to question why colleges and universities cannot behave more like businesses and cut their costs to hold tuition down. Ehrenberg and his coauthors, all leading academic administrators and scholars, assert that understanding how academic institutions are governed provides part of the answer. Among the topics discussed in the book are how states regulate institutions of higher education and govern their public institutions; the nature of boards of trustees; the roles of trustees, administrators, and faculty in shared governance on campuses; how universities are organized for fiscal and academic purposes; collective bargaining; pressures from regulators, donors, insurance carriers, athletic conferences, and accreditation agencies; and competition from for-profit providers.

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