Foundations of Higher, Adult and
|William G. Tierney
Office hours: M-W 3-3:50 and by appt.
MW 3:50-7:00 PM
Admin. Assistant: Beth Lish
Reseearch Assistant: Kelly J. Willis
Class Listserve: EDHP500-L@usc.edu
This class is intended to provide
entree to some of the more vexing issues in higher education. In particular, the course
will focus on organizational change and productivity. How might we reform the organization
to better meet societal needs? We will discuss organizational change and productivity by
way of the following six themes:
1. Access, equity and affirmative
2. Faculty productivity
3. Strategy and high performance
4. Colleges costs
There are 2 course requirements. First,
you will write a mid-term paper that pertains to the first three themes. Second, you will
hand in a final paper that focuses on all of the themes.
This is a course that demands
participation. You need to have read all class assignments prior to class and be prepared
to discuss and debate the issues. Since all of us participate in academe in one way or
another (e.g. as administrators, teachers, students, and taxpayers), you will have
opinions on many of the topics. I encourage you to speak your mind! I expect, however,
that we will listen to one another's ideas and back up our opinions with the research
Your grade will be figured in the following manner:
Class participation and facilitation: 30%
1. I do not intend to give incompletes. All papers are to
be handed in on time. Late papers will be marked down.
2. I expect you to attend every session.
3. I expect you to arrive to class on time.
4. Each individual will be responsible for facilitating the readings of one class.
Readings and Speakers: We are fortunate
to be at a research university and in a city replete with scholar-practitioners who have
keen insights about the nature of academic life. Throughout the course we will have guest
lecturers who will offer their informed opinions about the specific topics at hand. There
are two texts in addition to a reading packet:
Tierney, William G. (1998) Tenure matters: Rethinking
faculty roles and rewards (ABS)
Tierney, William G. (1999) Building the responsive
campus: Creating the high performance colleges and universities (BRC)
Orfield, Gary and Miller, Edward (1998) Chilling
admissions: The affirmative action crisis and the search for alternatives
Tierney, "Introduction" (BRC)
Topic 1: Access, equity and
Tierney, "The parameters of affirmative action:
Equity and excellence in the academy"
Garcia, "Wheres the merit in the SAT?"
Greve, "Hopwood and its consequences"
Greve, "Ruling out race: A bold step to making
Matsuda and Lawrence, "On meritocracy"
Myers, "Why diversity is a smoke screen for
Orfield and Miller, "Chilling admissions"
Topic 2: Faculty productivity
Tierney, "Chapter 5" (BRC)
Byrne, "Academic freedom without tenure?"
Chemerinsky, "Is tenure necessary to protect academic
Benjamin, "Declining faculty availability to students
is the problem - but tenure is not the explanation" (ABS)
McGee and Block, "Academic tenure: An economic
Tierney, "Chapter 4" (BRC)
Tierney, "Introduction: Tenure matters" (ABS)
Engstrand, "Tenure wars" (ABS)
Tierney, "Leveling tenure: Locating tenure and other
Leslie, "Redefining tenure" (ABS)
Dworkin, "Why academic freedom?"
Topic 3: Strategy and high performance
Guest Speaker: Lloyd Armstrong, Provost, USC
Duderstadt, "Revolutionary changes: Understanding
the challenges and the possibilities"
Strategic Plan of USC
Four-Year Report on the 1994 Strategic Plan of USC
Garvin, "Building a learning organization"
Levin, "Raising productivity in higher
Massy and Wilger, "Improving productivity: What
faculty think about it - and its effect on quality"
Cameron and Whetten, "Measuring organizational
effectiveness and quality: The second generation"
Tierney, " Chapter 1" (BRC)
Johnstone, "Enhancing the productivity of
Mintzberg, "The strategy concept I: Five Ps for
Mintzberg, "The strategy concept II: Another look at
why organizations need strategy"
Mintzberg, "The fall and rise of strategic planning.
Tierney, "Chapter 3" (BRC)
********Mid-term exam handed out: DUE JULY
Topic 4: College costs:
Guest Speaker: William H. Pickens, Executive Director,
California Citizens Commission on Higher Education
Matthews, "The transformation of higher education
through information technology: Implications for state higher education finance
California Citizens Commission on Higher Education,
"Toward a state of learning" (Final Report). To be handed out in class
Breneman and Finney, "The changing landscape: Higher
education finance in the 1990s"
Pickens, "A brief primer on higher education finance
Johnstone, "Financing higher education: Who should
pay and other issues."
Martinez and Nodine, "California: financing higher
education amid policy drift."
********Mid-term exam handed in********
Mumper, "State efforts to keep public colleges
affordable in the face of fiscal stress"
Tierney, "Chapter 6" (BRC)
McPherson and Schapiro, "Toward improved public
policy for higher education finance"
Zumeta, 1997 State higher education finance and policy
Topic 5: Governance
Guest Speaker: John Slaughter, Former President,
Melbo Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California
Hines, "The governance of higher education"
Cohen and March, "Leadership in an organized
Tierney, "Chapter 2" (BRC)
Dougherty, "The community college at the crossroads:
The need for structural reform"
Guest Speaker: Steven B. Sample, President, USC
DiBaggio, Sample & Haaland, "Confessions of a
public university refuge"
Rhodes, "The art of the presidency"
Jones, Ewell and McGuinness, "The challenges and
opportunities facing higher education"
Breneman, "The challenges facing California higher
Topic 6: Decision-making
Guest Speaker: Michael Jackson, Vice President for
Student Affairs, University of Southern California
Casper, "Restructuring the school of
USC Student Affairs, "Criteria for resource
Bolman and Deal, "Modern approaches to understanding
and managing organizations"
Chaffee, "Listening to the people we serve"
Barr and Tagg, "From teaching to learning: A new
paradigm for undergraduate education"
******** Final Exam handed in********