Exploring Leadership in the News with Steven Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti
Bold new future for higher ed?
This commencement season finds universities facing steep cutbacks in state funding and endowment income even as rising tuitions continue to hold back progress in overall college graduation rates. How would you assess the leadership of college presidents in embracing new technology and innovative teaching techniques aimed at reducing costs, improving quality and reengineering higher education? What leadership steps would you recommend for them?
Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on May 25, 2010 5:54 AM
The biggest challenges for leaders is freshly imagining the content for future curricula and research that will sustain a healthy economy, social justice and a relatively high sense of collective well-being.
Universities that for years have delivered traditional programs in traditional academic settings secured and funded by large endowments, government funding and rapidly growing tuition price-tags are going to have to rethink the way they do business.
The prestige of schools like UC Berkeley comes, in part, from the simple promise that any talented student, from any socioeconomic background, can attend. Keeping that promise must be at the center of any budget decisions made by the University of California system.
The best bargains in education today can be found in smaller liberal arts colleges, community colleges and some state programs that have concentrated on what really matters: excellent teaching that inspires students to learn.
Posted by Kathryn Kolbert, on May 25, 2010 12:45 PM
Although the salaries of university presidents continue to increase at an alarming pace, the plight of low-paid adjuncts, who now constitute over 70% of higher education teaching staff, remains unaddressed.
Posted by Pablo Eisenberg, on May 25, 2010 6:52 AM
Those who acknowledge the deep values of education, which date are exemplified by our most respected and long-lived institutions, are likely to be far more successful than those who embrace the slick slogan and the quick fix.