Planning for Higher Education Journal

Designing and Implementing Systemic Academic Change

Hiram College’s Model for the New Liberal Arts
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From Volume 47 Number 1 | October–December 2018
By Lori Varlotta
Planning Types: Academic Planning
Challenges: Change Management

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Hiram College

For most institutions of higher learning to thrive amid the shifting demographics, financial outlooks, and value propositions of the 21st century, they must design and implement change that is comprehensive rather than compartmental. Since such change comes hard to institutions steeped in century-old traditions, there are few colleges or universities that have undertaken it. Hiram College (OH) is an exception. Given the dearth of lessons from the field, the Hiram College president offers this constructive and realistic example of systemic change and the five possible steps that academic leaders and trustees elsewhere might consider before triggering it.

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