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Quiz: What university administrator are you?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 7 September 2010 by Steve

“What kind of university administrator would you be? The type who lets a lot of money go to waste on unproductive activities, allows faculty to slack off, and ultimately oversees an inefficient use of taxpayers’ money? Would you aggressively seek to rein in frivolous expenses, steadfastly make the necessary cuts (even deep ones), and keep employees (faculty, that is) on their toes? …” (more)

[Exponential Book, 7 September]

Why Would Administrators Choose to Work in a University?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 12 April 2009 by Steve

UK“It is commonly thought that management is taking on a larger and more strategic role in universities. As faculty slowly and continually retreat to a limited set of responsibilities they leave more functions in the hands of non-academics. In the US and Australia, administrative staff now outnumber academics. And their impact on the institutions is clearly being felt. Greater attention, for example, is being paid to efficiencies through centralized services. Outsourcing (very) slowing growing as schools seek to focus on their core competencies. The strategic planning process actually involves … well … strategic planning. There is less hesitancy to collaborate with the private sector and so forth. These changes generate all sorts of new dynamics within universities …” (more)

[Keith Hampson, Higher Education Management, 12 April]