Higher Ed’s 2015 reading list for faculty & admin

New books just released this year explore varying topics from academic pay to faculty’s role in governance, and from keeping undergrads in STEM to understanding how digital tech influences learning.

reading-higher-educationFrom subjects such as how to master “hot topics” like entrepreneurship and community engagement for instructors, to how to save small liberal arts colleges from extinction, higher education’s authors, editors and researchers are tackling some of the most controversial and complicated issues affecting colleges and universities today.

If you have a reading list for 2015, these recently published [January-February 2015] paperbacks and eBooks may be a good place to start.

[Listed in alphabetical order]


Academic Leadership in Higher Education: From the Top Down and the Bottom Up

Released: Jan. 5th

By: Robert Sternberg, Elizabeth Davis, April Mason, and more

Summary: “Now what should I do?” This is a question academic leaders ask themselves with great regularity. As ironic as it may seem, very few academic leaders have had any formal training in academic administration, or in any kind of administration. For the most part, academic administrators learn on the job. The book is written both for academic administrators at all levels as well as for those who aspire to academic administration.


Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices

Released: Feb. 2nd

By: Walter Gmelch and Jeffrey Buller

Summary: With a clear, generalizable, systematic approach, this book provides insight into the elements of successful academic leadership and the training that makes it effective. Readers will explore original research that facilitates systematic, continuous program development, augmented by the authors’ own insight drawn from experience establishing such programs. Numerous examples of current campus programs illustrate the concepts in action, and reflection questions lead readers to assess how they can apply these concepts to their own programs.


Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America

Released: Feb. 1st

By: Jeffrey Docking

Summary: In 2005 Adrian College was home to 840 enrolled students and had a tuition income of $8.54 million. By fall of 2011, enrollment had soared to 1,688, and tuition income had increased to $20.45 million. For the first time in years, the small liberal arts college was financially viable. Adrian College experienced this remarkable growth during the worst American economy in seventy years. How, exactly, did this turnaround happen? Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America was written to facilitate replication and generalization of Adrian College’s enrollment growth and retention success since 2005. This book directly addresses the economic competitiveness of small four-year institutions of higher education and presents an evidence-based solution to the enrollment and economic crises faced by many small liberal arts colleges throughout the country.

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