An Illustrated Guide to Managing Institutions of Higher Education:
For New Leaders and New Institutions
Institutional leadership in higher education today requires the management of academic, financial and human resources to deliver teaching, research, external engagement, IT, student support, quality assurance, and estate management activities at levels ranging from local to global. This requires the development and deployment of subject expertise, diplomacy as well as a whole range of practical and technical skills. It can be difficult to balance the strategic needs of the institution with its practical, day-to-day management.
Drawing on more than 60 years of higher education experience around the world, Fiona Hunter and Neil Sparnon set out the fundamental elements of all higher education institutions and place them in a practical framework to enable leaders to understand their institutions more clearly, and develop appropriate responses to the unique issues that arise in each.
Accessible, insightful, comprehensive and universally applicable, An Illustrated Guide to Managing Institutions of Higher Education, draws on numerous real-world examples and offers practical exercises to enable institutional leaders to understand how their institutions actually work, to develop appropriate responses to the issues that confront them and to manage their institutions more effectively.
Praise for An Illustrated Guide to Managing Institutions of Higher Education
Hunter and Sparnon's publication offers an excellent primer for higher education leaders at all levels seeking accessible insights into effective institutional planning and action.
Laura Rumbley, European Association for International Education, the Netherlands
This book is a brilliant guiding tool for anyone who works in Higher Education Management. A must read for all university managers and those that want to grow and develop into such a role.
Mathias Falkenstein, Higher Education Consultant, Xolas, Germany
Fiona, Neil and Ursula have made strategic planning a lot easier especially for new managers, rectors and directors of higher institutions of learning. The simplicity with which they have rendered otherwise complex and technical process of strategic planning is not only refreshing, but effective and helpful. I sincerely wish I had had such a tool at my disposal when I was starting my rectorship some years back. It is a must-have manual every manager and all involved in the management of higher education.
Paul Ennin, Institut Catholique Missionnaire d'Abidjan (ICMA), Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Meet your new managing partner! This is the kind of guide you keep handy in your top drawer and pull out whenever you need to plan, reflect or start a fruitful discussion with your staff. This guide will walk you through key management processes in a practical, simple and meaningful way.
Amit Marantz-Gal, Sapir College, Israel
The book provides a unique refreshing and insightful perspective on the complexities of managing higher education institutions. This is a quite unusual task that the authors, based on their extensive experience, have masterfully managed to convert into an easy-to-read book. A must for new institutional leaders, and for those looking for ways to innovate in higher education.
Francisco Marmolejo, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Higher education institutions are unique and complex organizations as 10 football players in the same field aiming at 10 different goals. If you want to be an administrator of such an organization, this is a book for you to learn management methods and knowledge from seasoned mentors.
Hiroshi Ota, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
Looking for a book, a guide, about managing a higher education institution and increasing your leadership competencies? One that is straightforward without being simplistic, inviting rather than dry, instructive without being pedantic? Dr Fiona Hunter and Dr Neil Sparnon have managed the difficult feat of writing just such a guide. In addition, their book brings colour though its illustrations and shines a light on real-life examples of how challenges and difficulties can be overcome and what to avoid at all costs. So, as a new leader or a team looking for a new approach to managing the institution, consider using this guide which certainly helps humanize and demystify the various processes that go into the running of an institution of higher learning.
Eva-Egron Polak, Former Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU), France