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This handy reference will help college leaders diagnose institutional maladies and prescribe remedies before it is too late. Expert contributors offer a bird's-eye view of down-to-earth case studies, making this volume a welcome contribution to understanding the delicate balance between higher education's noble purpose and business realities. -- Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges Turnaround offers those concerned about higher education an inventory of the tell-tale signs of vulnerability and practical means for boards and presidents to reverse what can easily become the downward spiral of a college or a university. As Martin and Samels note, turnaround is not easily accomplished, but it can be done. Moreover, the contributors to this volume are some of the most observant students and courageous practitioners of higher education. -- Richard A. Skinner, Senior Vice President for Programs and Research, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges This book is brimming with helpful strategies from experienced presidents and chancellors as well as excellent researchers. It provides a wealth of ideas for innovative, risk-taking presidents who lead fragile institutions to motivate their constituents to achieve stability and enhance quality in the process. -- Claire Van Ummersen, Vice President, Center for Effective Leadership, American Council on Education

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James Martin is a professor of English at Mount Ida College and academic vice president of The Education Alliance. James E. Samels is CEO and president of The Education Alliance and founder of Samels & Associates, a law firm concentrating in higher education law. They are the authors of The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders, Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change, Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth: A New Strategy for Academic Managers, and First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer, all published by Johns Hopkins.


Martin and Samels and their colleagues have made a useful contribution to a highly topical, and grossly understudied, arena. Journal of Higher Education All university leaders will find it a handy reference. Times Higher Education Supplement

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