University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education Excellence in Higher Education
Bruce Johnstone
University Professor of Higher & Comparative Education,

Mary Burgan
Former General Secretary
American Association of University Professors

Ellen Chaffee  
Valley City State University

Tom Ingram
Association of Governing Boards

David Ward 
American Council on Education




Governance Roundtable

Bob Birnbaum
Professor Emeritus of Higher Education
University of Maryland, College Park

The End of Academic Governance

This paper argues that governance and institutional purpose are related, and that proposals to make governance "more efficient" by reducing or limiting the faculty role in shared governance are likely to diminish institutional effectiveness. The rationalization of governance would not only reduce faculty trust and cooperation, de-legitimize the governance process, and weaken internal processes of social regulation, but would also alter the missions of academic institutions. These institutions are best served by backward-looking processes rooted in culture than by forward-looking processes based on rational choice.



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