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Higher Education

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 139–141 | Cite as

Lessons learned from Princeton University

William G. Bowen: Lessons learned: reflections of a university president, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2011, pp. 1–168
  • Dian-Fu Chang
  • Hsiao-Chi Chang
Book Review

This book is a series of reflections on lessons learned from Princeton University; by confronting challenges such as structuring relations with trustees, recruiting capable colleagues, managing an effective tenure process, setting academic priorities and raising the money required, budgeting to ensure the institution’s long-term financial viability, reconciling the need to be orderly and even relatively bureaucratic with the necessity to respect the specially character and climate of the academy. Princeton is a wealthy and private research university of high standing with a long history. The research university is a central institution of the twenty-first century. Research universities also generate growing enthusiasm worldwide (Altbach 2009; Chang et al. 2009; Ma 2009). This book may provide a good example for many countries, leading to the establishment of their own world-class universities.

President Bowen drew from more than 40 years of experience, in and around the offices of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and LeadershipTamkang UniversityDanshui District, New Taipei CityTaiwan
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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