Fictional University Background (mock institution)
Fictional University was founded in 1910 as a public state research university with over 28,000 students and whose charter is to provide access and affordable tuition to students from the state and region while contributing to the community’s economic and social
well being. The university reports directly to the State Governing Board whose has oversight on university policies, operations, hires/contracts, human resources, judicial/general counsel and other areas and operations. This year, the state legislature is requiring the university to cut $15 million dollars from its annual budget. The university President is an innovative forward thinking leader who aligns with the neo-liberal leadership shift of many U.S. universities and is actively exploring and launching new strategies to meet the budget, honor the charter and to advance knowledge generation and delivery.
Fictional University Case Paper
With the 21st century underway, Fictional University has been tasked by its governing board to prepare for university-wide re-design and is seeking input from stakeholders like you. As such you are asked to provide:
a) Rationale on how and why the university will need to position itself for 21st century intellectual entrepreneurs (E.g. students and faculty) in order to grow and sustain its value and significance as a public state university.
b) Identify, describe, and support one key re-design initiative the university should undertake based on the President’s neo-liberal/industrial model of leadership.
c) Describe how the overall re-design and your initiative will impact the social contract universities and colleges have when working in tandem with their respective communities and state to provide “a public good” such as, educate its citizens, facilitate economic growth through job creation, and other direct and in direct benefits/challenges as it positions itself at 21st century university.
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