SAIL Institute Publications

Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education

Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education

A Guide for Trustees, Leaders, and Aspiring Leaders of Two- and Four-Year Institutions

To meet the new and rapidly changing demands facing today’s higher education managers and leaders – from department chairs to trustees – this book offers guidance on how to effectively discharge their responsibilities and how to develop their skills for managing their relationships with internal and external stakeholders. It also provides a broad understanding of the structure and functions of their institution and of the appropriate loci of decision-making.  The authors go beyond the “positions” of leadership to emphasize the qualities of creativity, commitment, collaboration, delegation and courage that are essential to steer a unit, college or university through successful and enduring change.

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Building a Smarter University

Building a Smarter University

Big Data, Innovation, and Analytics

The Big Data movement and the renewed focus on data analytics are transforming everything from healthcare delivery systems to the way cities deliver services to residents. Now is the time to examine how this Big Data could help build smarter universities. While much of the cutting-edge research that is being done with Big Data is happening at colleges and universities, higher education has yet to turn the digital mirror on itself to advance the academic enterprise. Institutions can use the huge amounts of data being generated to improve the student learning experience, enhance research initiatives, support effective community outreach, and develop campus infrastructure. This volume focuses on three primary themes related to creating a smarter university:  refining the operations and management of higher education institutions, cultivating the education pipeline, and educating the next generation of data scientists. Through an analysis of these issues, the contributors address how universities can foster innovation and ingenuity in the academy. They also provide scholarly and practical insights in order to frame these topics for an international discussion.

A volume in the SUNY series, Criticial Issues in Higher Education, published by SUNY Press.

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Higher Education Systems 3.0

Higher Education Systems 3.0

Harnessing Systemness, Delivering Performance

A comprehensive examination of higher education multi-campus systems and their role in improving state economies and communities.

This thought-provoking volume brings together scholars and system leaders to analyze some of the most pressing and complex issues now facing higher education systems and society. Higher Education Systems 3.0 focuses on the remaking of higher education coordination in an era of increased accountability, greater calls for productivity, and intensifying fiscal austerity. System heads have been identifying ways to harness the collective contributions of their various institutions to benefit the students, communities, and other stakeholders that they serve. The contributors explore the recent dynamics of higher education systems, focusing particularly on how systems are now working to improve their effectiveness in educating students and improving our communities, while also identifying new means for operating more efficiently. This enhanced collaboration, or systemness, is the key aspect of version 3.0.

A volume in the SUNY series, Criticial Issues in Higher Education, published by SUNY Press.

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Conquering Sisyphus

Conquering Sisyphus

Embracing the Journey Toward Transformational Leadership

“The premise behind Conquering Sisyphus as it relates to transformational leadership asks us to pause and consider the boulders in our professional lives. Whatever they could be for you, they are likely different for somebody else. Pushing through your boulder is hard, but it’s also empowering.”

This book accesses the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, and relates it to leaders and leadership. Sisyphus was condemned to rolling a boulder up a mountain for eternity.  The problem was that every time he managed to roll it to the top, it rolled back to the bottom.  In leadership, and sometimes in life, people repeat their mistakes.

The challenge that we face in leadership, and perhaps in life is to avoid repeating those same mistakes. Readers will work to identify their ‘boulders’, and discover strategies to address those aspects in their life that inhibit, deny, stop, or stunt personal and professional growth. Light-hearted and honest, it provides a pathway for consideration by approaching leadership through a different lens, and to work toward becoming transformational through a holistic approach to leading others through the gifts of humility, selflessness, and compassion.

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Leading With Virtue

Leading With Virtue

Competencies for Contemporary Leadership

Leading with Virtue is an exercise in honesty. Which virtues guide your personal and professional lives? Are they moments of courage, acts of solace, compassion, or selflessness? How do leaders offer grace through intention and humility? These are the competencies of contemporary leadership. This book will challenge you to embrace leadership through deliberate action and decisive communication, so that you can lead to your fullest potential.

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The Tao of Leadership

The Tao of Leadership

Essential Lessons in Wisdom and Purpose

As leaders work toward discovering who they are, there are often struggles. This book aims to guide leaders who are in the midst of that journey and desire a deeper understanding of what they are working toward. Accessing the teachings of Lao Tzu in his ancient work, the Tao Te Ching, leadership lessons are plentiful. These include the ability to let go of the ego, seeking clarity in the chaos, building the necessary foundation of a resilient spirit, and embracing compassion for the human condition.

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