August 16, 2018
With the average tenure of college and university presidents dropping to 6.5 yearsi and the scope of challenges faced by leaders in higher education expanding, the college presidency has been described by some as “the toughest job in the nation.”ii
Chapter 1: Free Speech and Inclusive Learning Communities
September 05, 2018
During my lengthy academic career, the higher education sector has witnessed significant disruption and change—from violent protests over what were believed to be unjust wars, to the desegregation of Southern colleges and universities, to affirmative action challenges decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Chapter 2: From Risk to Reinvention and Revival: Return on Athletics
October 03, 2018
Risk is characterized by uncertainty – that an event may or may not happen – and undesirable outcomes or loss.
Chapter 3: Where Have All the “College Kids” Gone? The Changing Face of the Collegiate Student Body
October 31, 2018
“College kids” is a phrase beloved by lawmakers working on higher education policy and reporters covering campus life.
Chapter 4: The Case for Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities
December 06, 2018
Given all of the challenges university presidents face today, focusing on sustainability might seem like a luxury few have time for.
Chapter 5: Bridging the Town-Gown Divide
January 10, 2019
The town-gown divide is not a new issue for college presidents. The relationships between colleges and the communities they inhabit have always been complex.
Chapter 6: Meeting the Needs of the Next Generation of Learners: The Agile University
January 29, 2019
Today’s graduates will face a hyper-connected, rapidly changing economy and looming global challenges. Over the course of their lives, college graduates will hold nearly 20 jobs in five different industries, including industries that do not yet exist.
Chapter 7: Creating Pathways to Opportunity and Service
February 14, 2019
Higher education in the United States is under intense scrutiny. Recent polls reveal an unusually large drop in the public’s confidence in the value of a college degree.
Chapter 8: Increase Your Leadership Impact: Curating a Culture of Belonging
March 07, 2019
Equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are critical and complex issues facing leaders of colleges and universities.
Chapter 9: From Academic Preparation, through Skills Development, to the Knowledge Continuum
March 28, 2019
Every fall, thousands of students start their academic journeys at universities across the nation, taking tentative steps towards degrees.
Chapter 10: All at Once: Never is the Past
April 11, 2019
A few years ago, California Lutheran University did what many of you do on a regular basis: we held a table-top emergency drill.