“Go Live in ’05”—From Hierarchy to Shared Governance in Higher Education
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 1 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-1-January-2004
Higher education is in the midst of a major transformation evidenced by several factors: greater
demands from stakeholders; pressure to increase student enrollment, financial uncertainty, limited
resources, and a responsibility to contribute to the community’s civic and economic development.
Faculty and staff in higher education are challenged to deliver education in innovative ways. This
innovation requires an expedient method of governance and necessitates careful examination of the
organization’s structural, cultural, and decision-making processes. To meet these demands, leaders in
higher education must examine decision-making processes and design governance models that
respond quickly and efficiently to their myriad of constituents.