Governance

Indefinite terms for Clemson trustees raise policy, legal questions

Majority of Clemson trustees serve indefinite terms and do not answer to lawmakers -- uncommon independence for a state institution. Some question whether the structure is good policy.

Connecticut merges community colleges and four-year system

Connecticut is merging higher education systems to save money and improve degree production. The still-forming board is working to convince community colleges they won't get lost in the shuffle.

Foundation calls for statewide community college board in Massachusetts

An influential foundation says Massachusetts' community colleges need to do better on workforce development, and calls for more direct oversight by the state.

Tea Party groups expect influence in elections for Michigan's public university governing boards

Tea Party groups expect to influence statewide elections to pick new members of Michigan's higher education governing boards.

Feeling the Heat

At a time community colleges are getting lots of attention, trustees share the scrutiny -- and experts wonder if they are all sufficiently prepared.

The Leadership Gap to Come

Richard A. Skinner offers advice to college and university board members on how they need to prepare.

A Faculty (Led) Search

The University of Wisconsin System gives uncommon authority to professors in chancellor searches.

Freedom at a Price

Ohio governor's plan to deregulate state universities could spark another round of divisive debates.

'The Fall of the Faculty'

Faculty members feeling besieged by, well, take your pick -- increased scrutiny of their productivity and the relevance of their research; broadsides against tenure; attacks on their

'Congratulations, I Think'

I was elected president of our college's faculty senate last spring semester. One colleague’s response nicely captures the gist of the responses I received then:

"Congratulations, I think."

Others just gave me a look. Depending upon the cynicism index of the faculty member, it meant either "Fool!" or "Well done!"

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