Monday, December 9

Book Review: How to Run a College

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by Robert Kelchen

Because I am a higher education nerd and regularly teach a class on the organization and governance of higher education, I brought several new books on higher education topics to read this summer on a trip to the Jersey Shore. (Fun aside: the television show by the same name resulted in a New Jersey state law limiting taxpayer compensation for speakers at public colleges.

One of the beach reads was How to Run a College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), which is marketed as “a practical guide for trustees, faculty, administrators, and policymakers.”

Written by one former private college president (Brian Mitchell of Bucknell University) and one current private college president (W. Joseph King of Lyon College), How to Run a College focuses on the types of institutions these two leaders know best. Private colleges only serve about 15% of all college students, but many of the topics in this book are certainly relevant to other sectors of higher education.  And with the main text of the book checking in at just 149 pages, this is written as a quick introduction on some key aspects of running a college.


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