Higher education administrators play a key role in the success or failures of the organizations they manage. Both internal and external factors sometimes create a rough environment for academic leaders, therefore, strong leadership is critical to the continuous development of knowledge and performance of the institution staff.
In many ways, administering a higher education institution is a great responsibility. You are accountable for hundreds of students, teachers and institutional staff, and ensure that they perform what is expected from them.
Although most of these responsibilities can be learned through hands-on experience, there is a multitude of sources out there to help you grow as an administrator. In your limited time, it is hard to lose your precious moments by scouring the web for help. This is why we have chosen excellent books that present topics about institutional leadership.
We have selected seven books from the highest-rated titles for you to read and gain more knowledge in managing your institution. Happy reading!
By Anthony Abraham Jack
The book was written by Anthony Abraham Jack and explains why getting into elite colleges for disadvantaged students is just half the battle. The book reveals the challenges faced by less privileged students who continue to struggle even after successfully setting foot on campus.
Jack describes the poor students’ way of living in college and uncovers how one’s background produces a significant impact on their chances to succeed.
By Matthew J. Mayhew (Author), Alyssa N. Rockenbach (Author),
Nicholas A. Bowman (Author), Tricia A. D. Seifert (Author), Gregory C. Wolniak (Author), Ernest T. Pascarella Patrick T. Terenzini
Here’s a great book that compiles more than 1,800 individual case studies that discuss how the undergraduate experience affects student populations. The influence brought about by college education discussed in the book includes cognitive and moral improvements, physiological changes, and outcomes seen post-graduation.
Every chapter weighs current findings versus those in the previous volumes which covered 1967 to 2001. The book highlights the comparison of these research findings in the last 45 years.
by Freeman A. Hrabowski III (Author), Philip J. Rous (Contributor), Peter H. Henderson (Contributor)
In The Empowered University, Hrabowski and his co-authors examine how colleges and universities can deliver the best campus experience for their students and faculty.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III is the president of the University of Maryland and named by US News and World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders. He has initiated the transformation of UMBC from a budding regional institution to one of the leading innovative research universities in the nation.
by C. K. Gunsalus
In this book, C.K Gunsalus provides tips, tools, and insights on dealing with others, such as complaints handling, negotiating, responding to accusations of misconduct or handling difficult personalities. Gunsalus uses real-life cases, the law, examples of negotiating among various academic administrators, and dilemmas of management in difficult environments.
The Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission Hardcover
by Herb Childress
The Adjunct Underclass uncovers the opposing values, suppressed resources, and contradicting goals that radically changed our idea of what college is supposed to be. Herb Childress relates his firsthand experience of how higher education can fall into a sorry state. The book reveals how a college professor’s job has gone from bad to worse.
Understanding College and University Organization: Theories for Effective Policy and Practice (Higher Education) Reprint Edition
The book presents an array of theories that are applicable to various management situations encountered by college and university leaders. It is written for two types of audiences: higher education institution leaders and students aiming to become leaders and administrators in higher education.
The book provides theoretical backgrounds to help administrators assess new ideas that may emerge in workshops and conferences. The objective is to guide leaders in developing their own management styles and improve confidence in their actions with the appropriate knowledge on the latest research.