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In Trust newsletter logo July 31, 2014

Shared governance is flawed but fixable

broken vase“Few people appear happy with the state of shared governance at American colleges and universities.”

That’s how Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College, begins a thoughtful essay on how to reform shared governance in higher education.

Rosenberg thinks that many concerns about shared governance’s failures are overblown.

Most faculty and administrators want the same thing, he says — to create an environment where student learning can flourish. But that’s not to say that governance can’t be improved.


Is your board's culture entrepreneurial or risk averse?

RiskWhat is your board’s relationship to risk? Does its work reflect a culture of risk taking or risk avoidance? 

The question surrounding board culture and its engagement with risk seems to arise more frequently these days as boards are increasingly encouraged to travel two seemingly conflicting roads of risk
the entrepreneurial road of risk taking and the security-conscious road of risk management.

Which road do you prefer to travel? Given your institution’s situation, which road must you travel?


Educators of fortune (or "Schools contract adjunctivitis")

The number of adjuncts continues to grow, and the issues involved with hiring part-time contract instructors are coming to a head.

Board members and seminary trustees will have to address many of these issues in coming years.


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