Governance and the Public Good

Edited by William G. Tierney

Subjects: Organization Theory
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791468760, 224 pages, September 2006
Hardcover : 9780791468753, 224 pages, September 2006

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Grapples with a variety of policy issues in order to provoke a discussion of the state of higher education in the 21st century.


The public good is not merely an economic idea of goods and services, but a place where thoughtful debate and examination of the polis can occur. In differentiating the university from corporations and other private sector businesses, Governance and the Public Good provides a framework for discussing the trend toward politicized and privatized postsecondary institutions while acknowledging the parallel demands of accountability and autonomy placed on sites of higher learning.

If one accepts the notion of higher education as a public good, does this affect how one thinks about the governance of America's colleges and universities? Contributors to this book explore the role of the contemporary university, its relationship to the public good beyond a simple obligation to educate for jobs, and the subsequent impact on how institutions of higher education are and should be governed.

William G. Tierney is University Professor and Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Building the Responsive Campus: Creating High Performance Colleges and Universities and the coeditor (with Linda Serra Hagedorn) of Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students and (with Zöe B. Corwin and Julia E. Colyar) of Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach, both also published by SUNY Press.