Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education: Eight Fundamental Challenges

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In this important book, Brent D. Ruben, distinguished professor of communication and organizational psychology and executive director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership at Rutgers University, proposes an inclusive view of excellence for higher education that emphasizes the importance of higher standards in the service and operational dimensions as well as in academics. Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education offers an in-depth examination of eight key challenges for the academy

  • Broadening public appreciation for the work of the academy
  • Increasing our understanding of the needs of workplaces
  • Becoming more effective learning organizations
  • Integrating assessment, planning, and improvement
  • Enhancing collaboration and community
  • Recognizing that everyone in the institution is a teacher
  • Devoting more attention and resources to leadership
  • More broadly framing our vision of excellence

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Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education Contributors

  • Ruth Ash, dean, Orlean Bullard Beeson, School of Education and Professional Studies, Samford University
  • Barbara Bender, associate dean, Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers University
  • Robert Berdahl, chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jean Ann Box, associate dean, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Samford University
  • John Byrne, president emeritus, Oregon State University and executive director, Kellogg Commission
  • Christine Haska Cermak, associate provost, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Brian Chabot, professor, ecology and evolutionary biology, Cornell University
  • Mary Sue Coleman, president, University of Michigan
  • Ron Coley, associate vice chancellor, Business and Administrative Services, University of California, Berkeley
  • Stacey Connaughton, assistant professor, communication, Rutgers University
  • Maury Cotter, director, Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • John Dew, director, Continuous Quality Improvement, University of Alabama
  • Paul Dimond, principal administrative analyst, Business and Administrative Services, University of California, Berkeley
  • Carol Everett, associate director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, Pennsylvania State University
  • Conrado (Bobby) Gempesaw, vice provost, Academic and International Programs, University of Delaware
  • Adolph Haislar, senior associate vice president, Auxiliary Services and Excellence in Higher Education, Miami University
  • W. James Haley, associate vice president, Facilities, Miami University
  • Phyllis Hoffman, director, Center for Organizational Effectiveness (COrE), University of California, Berkeley
  • Francis Lawrence, president emeritus, Rutgers University
  • Diane Moen, vice chancellor, Administrative and Student Life Services, University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • James Morley, president, National Association of College and Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Richard Norman, vice president, Finance and Business Services and treasurer, Miami University
  • Leonard Pollack, manager, Human Resources Development Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mo Qayoumi, vice president, Administration and Finance and chief financial officer, California State University, Northridge
  • Michael Quinlan, interim associate vice president, Business Services, Rutgers University
  • Louise Sandmeyer, executive director, Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment, Pennsylvania State University
  • Robert Secor, coordinator, Academic Leadership Program, Committee for Institutional Cooperation
  • Michael Shafer, professor, political science, and director, Citizenship and Service Education
  • Program, Rutgers University
  • Charles Sorensen, chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • Stephen Spangehl, director, Academic Quality Improvement Project, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Graham Spanier, president, Pennsylvania State University
  • Marie Sutthoff, Administrative Services and Facilities Management, University of Cincinnati
  • James Tucker, vice president, Administrative and Business Services, University of Cincinnati
  • David Ward, president, American Council on Education and chancellor emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Chester Warzynski, director, Organizational Development Services, Cornell University
  • Susan Williams, professor, management,
  • Jack Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University
  • Billie Willits, assistant vice president, Human Resources, Pennsylvania State University

About the Author:

Dr. Brent D. Ruben is distinguished professor of communication and organizational psychology and executive director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership at Rutgers University. He is a member of the Board and founding chairperson of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement.

Dr. Ruben is the author or editor of thirty books.

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