Higher Education Reconsidered

Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact

Edited by Jason E. Lane
Foreword by Nancy L. Zimpher

Subjects: Higher Education, Education Policy And Leadership, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment And Evaluation
Series: SUNY series, Critical Issues in Higher Education
Paperback : 9781438459523, 240 pages, November 2015
Hardcover : 9781438459530, 240 pages, November 2015

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Table of contents

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Foreword: Bringing Collective Impact to Higher Education
Nancy L. Zimpher
Jason E. Lane
1. Collective Leadership in Higher Education: Moving from Competition to Collaboration to Impact
Jason E. Lane, B. Alex Finsel, and Taya L. Owens
2. The Inconvenient Truth about Change Management: Why It Isn’t Working and What to Do about It
Scott Keller and Carolyn Aiken

3. From Perpetuation to Innovation: Breaking through Barriers to Change in Higher Education
Jonathan S. Gagliardi
4. The Rise of Collective Impact
Jeff Edmondson and Nancy L. Zimpher
5. Using Design Thinking to Drive Collective Impact in Higher Education
David J. Weerts, Christopher J. Rasmussen, and Virajita Singh
6. The Albany Promise Story: How a Community Came Together to Go All-in on Education Reform
Juliette Price
7. What Large-scale Change Looks Like and How to Get There: Theories of Action
A conversation with Jeff Edmondson, Jason Helgerson, Danette Howard, James Kvaal, Becky Kanis Margiotta, and Joe McCannon
Moderated by David Leonhardt

Focuses on the opportunities and challenges of using the science of change to improve the academic enterprise.


This is not another book about why higher education needs to change. This volume is about how to facilitate change. What could higher education achieve if varied stakeholders decided to work together to accomplish a shared vision by using data and scaling up evidence-based interventions? The contributors offer examples and instructions to help execute change in order to drive collective impact. When we understand large-scale change in other sectors, such as healthcare, business, and the social sector, it can help inform us of what collective impact looks like and how to get there. A deeper investigation into the science of change will enable us to work towards increasing access, overcoming racial disparities, reducing the need for remediation, and improving learning outcomes.

Jason E. Lane is Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership at the State University of New York, Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and Associate Professor of Educational Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York.


". ..a helpful book. I recommend it to educators and administrators looking for tools to lead change in religious and theological higher education. " — Karl Stutzman, Reflective Teaching