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Public University Systems

Leveraging Scale in Higher Education

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How can public university systems leverage their scale to increase intercampus collaboration and better educational outcomes?

American public higher education systems include the largest and most impactful colleges and universities in the nation, including 75 percent of the nation's public sector students. While their impact is enormous, they are largely neglected as an area of study and underutilized as an instrument for the improvement of postsecondary outcomes. Meanwhile, most states continue to struggle to reach their goals for higher education attainment, social and economic mobility...

How can public university systems leverage their scale to increase intercampus collaboration and better educational outcomes?

American public higher education systems include the largest and most impactful colleges and universities in the nation, including 75 percent of the nation's public sector students. While their impact is enormous, they are largely neglected as an area of study and underutilized as an instrument for the improvement of postsecondary outcomes. Meanwhile, most states continue to struggle to reach their goals for higher education attainment, social and economic mobility, workforce development, equitable access and affordability, technological innovation, and human and environmental health.

Through a series of essays written by academic experts and senior practitioners, Public University Systems argues that higher education can act as a powerful tool for making progress on societal goals by leveraging their unique scale. These systems can increase intercampus collaboration in areas such as academic programs, collective bargaining, accreditation, student finance, governance, process improvement, change management, voluntary coalitions, and leadership. By shedding light on their unique ability to leverage scale, contributors argue that these systems merit more attention from scholars and increased use by policymakers, board members, and system leaders seeking to achieve real progress toward state and national higher education goals.

Covering the structure and function of university systems, new models, and methods for leading these systems, these essays provide a blueprint for how higher education leaders can leverage the scale of these enormous systems to achieve their missions and improve outcomes for their schools and students.

Contributors: George Blumenthal, Wallace Boston, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Tristan Denley, Robert C. Dickeson, Peter T. Ewell, Pamela Felder-Small, Darren Greeno, Mark Hagerott, Ronald Heifetz, Dennis Jones, Daniel J. Julius, Jasmine Kaduthodil, Jason Lane, Paul Lingenfelter, Rebecca Martin, Aims McGuinness, Demarée K. Michelau, Steven Jude Patin, Kevin P. Reilly, Jessica Schueller, Khaleel Seecharan, Allison M. Vaillancourt, Nancy L. Zimpher

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I wish I had this book when I was a state legislator and again when I became board chair of a very large system. The wide variety of topics, all explored by a diverse mix of expert scholars and practitioners, make this a must read for system leaders and policy makers.

As Governor of the state that is home to the Wisconsin Idea, and as a former University of Wisconsin System Regent, I know the university's life-changing value. This book offers a reminder of how important public university systems are in building a better future for all Americans.

Finally, a collection of essays demonstrating how US university and college systems, leveraging their scale, can secure their future as engines of social mobility and economic development. These wide-ranging explorations written by expert scholars and experienced practitioners will help systems and their campuses deliver on their full potential for society.

In the 50 years since Clark Kerr led the Carnegie Commission's foundational studies of university systems, the importance of collaboration across campuses has only grown clearer. As this collection of essays shows, we need to leverage the full promise of systems for technological innovation, workforce development, and economic mobility to build the colleges and universities we need.

We want all Americans to achieve their American Dream. That goal requires a vibrant education system, one that maximizes student success in high-quality programs that are affordable. The only path forward is through Systemness. Read this new monograph and better understand the needs, challenges, and possible answers before us.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ronald Heifetz
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Structure and Functions
1. Structure and Functions
Aims C. McGuinness Jr. and Dennis P. Jones
2. Accreditation and Quality
Peter T. Ewell
3. Is

Foreword
Ronald Heifetz
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. Structure and Functions
1. Structure and Functions
Aims C. McGuinness Jr. and Dennis P. Jones
2. Accreditation and Quality
Peter T. Ewell
3. Is Responsive and Adaptive Collective Bargaining Possible, or Is This Déjà Vu All Over Again?
Daniel J. Julius
4. Public Systems and the Financing of Postsecondary Education
Paul E. Lingenfelter
5. Reallocating Resources
Robert C. Dickeson
Part II. New Models
6. Student-Centric Systems
Tristan Denley
7. The Lean University System: Focusing on Value
Steven J. Patin
8. Online Systems
Wallace E. Boston
9. Partnering with Purpose: Collaborations for the Future
Demarée K. Michelau
10. Lessons from Multi-Stakeholder Consortia for Public Higher Education Systems
11. The International Engagements of Higher Education Systems in the United States
Jason E. Lane and Jessica Schueller
12. Leveraging Systems to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Institutions of Higher Education
Khaleel Seecharan and Darren Greeno
13. The Emergence of Intelligence Machines and Cyberspace
Mark Hagerott
Part III. Leading the Future
14. Shared Governance in University Systems
George Blumenthal
15. Governing Large
Kevin P. Reilly
16. Making Change Happen
Allison M. Vaillancourt
17. Systems Heads
Nancy Zimpher and Rebecca Martin
Conclusion
James R. Johnsen
Contributors
Index

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James R. Johnsen, EdD

James R. Johnsen is an affiliate faculty at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley and Vice President of Executive Search at Greenwood Asher and Associates. He serves on advisory boards at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a senior fellow at the National Association of System Heads and the president...