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Cation institutions would have shut their doors or merged by 1995 With hindsight we can see that the number of institutions has actually risen by almost 35% since the book was published suggesting ither that the threat about which Keller speaks is overstated or that his call to arms was unprecedentedly successful I suspect it may be the former The book is dripping with neoliberal newspeak and the kind of 1980s management jargon that brings forth images of two tone shirts and Trump Jr sue slicked back hair The author seeks ultimately to replace the warm heart of academia with the cold mechanisms. Tegies reuired to cope with them Washington PostGeorge Keller's best seller allows us to understand how techniues of strategic mana.
This book by George Keller serves primarily as a somewhat outdated call to arms for the American Higher Education system opening with the traditional if somewhat clich d mandatory introductory line for such manifestos A specter is haunting higher ducation Keller claims that at the time of writing higher In Pursuit of a Princess education was reaching a crisis of a never before seen scale He claims thatnrollments and funding were both reaching all time lows and that higher Second Time Loving education was fast becoming irrelevant He notes on the opening page thatxperts claimed that between 10 and 30 percent of Americas 3100 Higher Edu. A chilling instructive literate compelling discussion of the staggering problems facing US higher ducation and the management stra.
Of a corporate machine taking power away from faculty and placing it in the hands of bureaucrats and committees whose only goals are fficiency and profit As much as strategic management has become integral to higher Dark Awakening education Keller sxtreme calls to arms have seemingly fallen on deaf ars for now We still operate in a loosely coupled system of shared leadership and autonomy in which academic freedom can survive and individuals still retain a morsel of self determination Thinking of the academy as a corporate machine is a dangerous path to take and threatens the very core of what academics do. Gement can help deal with future uncertainties and shows how a number of campuses have faced hard times creatively Higher Education.