"Whatever It Is, I'm Against It": Resistance to Change in Higher Education

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6.08 X 8.97 X 0.47 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author

Brian Rosenberg is president emeritus of Macalester College and visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also serves as senior advisor to the African Leadership University.


"A deeply thoughtful, often funny, more often startling, and utterly compelling examination of American higher education in the twenty-first century. Brian Rosenberg, former president of Macalester College--my alma mater--has written an evidence-driven book that is enlivened by anecdote, sweetened by passion, and has the bite of a lemon sandwich."
--Tim O'Brien
"Brian Rosenberg has given us a 'tough love' book that is both hortatory and hopeful. He writes with salutary impatience about how entrenched in their ways academics can be in the face of irresistible change. But he also writes with affection, respect, and humor (including at his own expense) about the often-beleaguered people who work every day to serve students and thereby our collective future. This is a candid and lively guidebook through the daunting landscape in which our colleges and universities find themselves today. Everyone concerned about the future of higher education should read it."
--Andrew Delbanco, president, Teagle Foundation and Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies, Columbia University
"Brian Rosenberg's book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how we might move from the current university structures, practices, and cultures that protect the status quo to ones that inspire innovation in the service of students and the common good."
--Michael S. Roth, president, Wesleyan University and author of The Student: A Short History
"Rosenberg channels what sitting presidents think but dare not say. He argues persuasively that much of American higher education is heading to a cliff together. With no incentives for any one college, president, board, or faculty to innovate and serve the public good rather than narrow personal or institutional interests, changing course is problematic. But based on personal experience with one creative institution, he offers hope that change can happen."
--Catharine Bond Hill, managing director, Ithaka S+R and former president, Vassar College
"In 'Whatever It Is, I'm Against It, ' Brian Rosenberg explains why many colleges and universities resist change. With admirable candor, he calls on our campuses to become more student-centered, more affordable, and more responsive to today's economy. An important book from one of higher education's most clear-sighted leads."
--Daniel R. Porterfield, president and CEO, Aspen Institute and former president, Franklin & Marshall College