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Readings and Assignments

In advance of the ICF seminar on June 19-21, 2013, participants were asked to read some articles on economic trends in higher education, college finances, and shared governance; complete a worksheet on institutional finances; and respond to a case study involving an institution reviewing its governance structures.

Required readings

Session 1: Economics

  • Catharine Bond Hill (President, Vassar College); Jill Tiefenthaler (President, Colorado College); and Suzanne P. Welsh (Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Swarthmore College), "Economics and Affordability," in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts College. Edited by Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, and Daniel H. Weiss. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. (Forthcoming).
  • William G. Bowen, "Costs and Productivity in Higher Education" in The Cost Disease in Higher Education: Is Technology the Answer.

Session 2: Finance

Session 3: Shared Governance

  • Jerry Gaff, "What if the Faculty Really Do Assume Responsibility for the Educational Program?" Liberal Education (Fall 2007).
  • Susan Frost (Principal, Susan Frost Consulting), and Shelly Weiss Storbeck (Managing Partner, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates LLC), "Using Governance to Strengthen the Liberal Arts," in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts College. Edited by Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, and Daniel H. Weiss. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. (Forthcoming).

Assignments

Session 2: Finance

Working as a group, each campus team should collect from their own institutions the data that are specified in the spreadsheet.

Session 3: Shared Governance

Please read the case, "How to Get a Handle on Faculty Governance," and answer the following questions in the context of your college's governance structure, describing how the concerns Professor Shanahan raises would best be addressed on your campus. Two or three sentences for each question will be sufficient, and you may work with your colleagues who will be attending the Institute or you may work on your own.

  1. If Professor Shanahan were a colleague at your institution, how would she get her concern about streamlining faculty governance and committee work onto the agenda? Should it come from the Dean? From a faculty governance committee? Who would make the decision about how to organize the review? Who would be in charge?
  2. What kind of data about committees and service work should be gathered as a basis for the discussion and where would it come from? Who should gather it?
  3. How would the faculty as a whole best be engaged in a discussion of the issues Shanahan raises? How would faculty response find its way back into the committee(s) and/or administrators undertaking the work?
  4. Who (committee or office) would draft a final proposal or recommendation? Would it require a faculty vote? Are there particular procedural issues with bringing such an issue to the faculty?