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The Governance Of The City University Of New York: A System At Odds With Itself

by Brian P. Gill

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This report, commissioned by the MayorUs Advisory Task Force on the City University of New York (CUNY), examines CUNYs system of governance and concludes that it is dysfunctional from the ip to the bottom. Battles for leadership among CUNYs stakeholders have become increasingly rancorous. Lines of responsibilty are tangled and poorly defined. CUNY colleges often act mor like independent institutions than like complementary members of a system. Despite this independence, competition fails to lead to improvement, because incentives from institutional and individual performance are weak.

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This research was conducted for the Mayor's Advisory Task Force onthe City University of New York (CUNY), an advisory group estab-lishedby New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in May 1998.The task force was charged with reviewing, examining, and makingrecommendations regarding: (1) the uses of city funding by CUNY,(2) the effects of open admissions and remedial education on CUNYand on CUNY's capacity to provide college-level courses and curric-ulaof high quality to its students, (3) the best means of arranging forthird parties to provide remediation services to ensure that prospec-tiveCUNY students can perform college-level work prior to theiradmission to CUNY, and (4) the implementation of other reformmeasures as may be appropriate.The task force asked RAND Education and the Council for Aid to Ed-ucation(a subsidiary of RAND) to provide independent research andanalysis on several aspects of its mission. This report examinesCUNY's governance structure, how it contributes to the university'sproblems, and how it might be changed to improve performance.The RAND study was designed to provide the task force the informa-tionand analysis it needs to make recommendations to the mayor onthe future course of CUNY.

About the Author
BRIAN P. GILL (Ph.D. Jurisprudence and Social Policy: University of California at Berkeley) ia an associate policy analyst in Civil Justice and Education, RAND.



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