Book Publication News

Collaboration, Communities and Competition. International Perspectives from the Academy

At the EAIR Annual Forum 2017 Porto a new book was launched “Collaboration, Communities and Competition. International Perspectives from the Academy”. The authors of this book are Samuel Dent, Laura Lane and Tony Strike (Eds.).

This books asks whether there is an alternative approach to this now transnational competitive logic. Can collaboration and partnership (re-)emerge as an antidote to the consumerist and competitive approaches taken by governments toward regulating their higher education systems? The question of competition, collaboration and community is addressed here at three levels of analysis. The macro-level or the international system level, observes competition and collaboration between countries and between institutions. The meso-level, includes competition and collaboration between academics and students, and at inter-and intra-disciplinary levels across organizational boundaries. Finally, competition and collaboration at the micro-level considers the interface between individual academics, and between academics and students as learners.

Available from Sense: https://www.sensepublishers.com

Available from Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com
Both at $43 dollars (€36 Euro)

Positioning Higher Education Institutions – From Here to There

At the 2016 EAIR Forum in Birmingham, Rosalind Pritchard launched the new book titled Positioning Higher Education Institutions – From Here to There”. The three authors of this book are Rosalind Pritchard, Attila Pausits and James Williams.

Higher education is of growing public and political importance for society and the economy. Globalisation is transforming it from a local and national concern into one of international significance. In order to fulfil societal, governmental and business sector needs, many universities are aiming to (re-)position themselves. The book initially considers their “compass”. They aspire to transformational planning, mission and strategy in which social justice is important, people are not treated as mere means to an end, and traditional moral positions are respected. This transformational urge is sometimes vitiated by blunt demands of new public management that overlook universities’ potential for serving the public good. The volume then addresses universities’ success in meeting their targets. Often the challenge in evaluation is the need to reconcile tensions, for example between structure and pastoral care of students; institutional competition and collaboration; roles of academics and administrators; performance-based funding versus increased differentiation. Measurement is supposed to provide discipline, align institutional and state policy, and provide a vital impetus for change. Yet many of these measurement instruments are not fully fit for purpose. They do not take sufficient account of institutional missions, either of “old” or of specialist universities; and sophisticated measurement of the student experience requires massive resources. Change and positioning have become increasingly key elements of a complex but heterogeneous sector requiring new services and upgraded instruments.

The book “Positioning Higher Education Institutions – From Here to Thereis published by SensePublishers from the Netherlands.

I hereby want to inform all current EAIR members that the book is available for ordering, including a 20% discount on the regular selling price.

Orders can be placed directly through the publisher’s website https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/other-books/positioning-higher-education-institutions/ and by using the discount code 6R0Z4MX4P3 you will receive a 20% discount on your order, excluding the shipping costs.

 

Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education: Can the Challenges be Reconciled?

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During the 2015 EAIR Forum in Krems, Rosalind Pritchard launched the new book titled Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education: Can the Challenges be Reconciled?” The three authors of this book are Rosalind Pritchard, Matthias Klumpp and Ulrich Teichler.

Diversity and excellence in higher education seem to be conflicting concepts. Nevertheless, they are dynamic and closely intertwined – indeed they may even require each other. The book brings together insights from ten different countries to analyse these multi-facetted phenomena and discuss how they may be reconciled. To set the overall context, it critically addresses markets and managerialism, whilst foregrounding the dangers of certain behaviour that European countries are currently, though often unwisely, copying from the U.S.

The book “Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education: Can the Challenges be Reconciled?” is published by SensePublishers from the Netherlands.

I hereby want to inform you that the book is still available for ordering, including a 20% discount on the regular selling price.

Orders can be placed directly through the publisher’s website https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/other-books/diversity-and-excellence-in-higher-education/ and by using the discount code 6R0Z4MX4P3 you will receive a 20% discount on your order, excluding the shipping costs.

Resilient Universities: Confronting Changes in a Challenging World

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After the 2012 EAIR Forum in Stavanger, a new book was launched with the title Resilient Universities: Confronting Changes in a Challenging World” The two authors of this book are Jan Erik Karlsen and Rosalind Pritchard.

Resilience is ostensibly acknowledged as a cross-disciplinary issue, yet resilience analysis has seldom been applied to the understanding of universities and the academic world. The contributions to this volume aim to fill this gap through the presentation of both theoretical and empirical studies. The book’s title reflects the desire to extend the debate in new directions and to assemble a fresh set of models and tools for thinking about resilient universities. Bringing together a range of experts in the field, this collection marks a novel departure within the social sciences and is intended to act as a first step towards establishing a holistic approach to future university governance and adaptation. Today’s European universities are confronted by profound changes. This book constitutes an accessibly written, polemical and bold exploration of how current crises facing higher education institutions could be more effectively addressed by institutional resilience and new forms of adaptive, future oriented governance.

The book “Resilient Universities: Confronting Changes in a Challenging Worldis published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers and can be ordered directly with them online.

Orders can be placed directly through the publisher’s website http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=76700&concordeid=431716