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  • By Dr. Matt Miller on December 14, 2014

    Articulate and concise explanation of academia - much of which remains true despite several decades separating current colleges from the time in which Birnbaum wrote this work. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in working as an academic administrator!

  • By Rubén on October 7, 2015

    Great book to understand the basic "layers" that worked at the organizational level of colleges.

  • By J on October 5, 2011

    Although dry in many places, this book provides a nice overview of the administrative styles common on various campuses. It is descriptive rather than prescriptive, but outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each style of governance.

  • By William J. Carrozzella on August 7, 2008

    Excellent overview of the various different college structures. Author worked hard to create analogies for how college systems were linked, but after getting into middle and later chapters the anlogies made some sense. A good introduction to, as the title says, how colleges work.

  • By Christina A. Brown on February 6, 2011

    I was assigned this book for a class in organizational theory for higher education. When I first saw the age of the book I was at first skeptical that it might not be applicable to the higher ed environment in 2011. I was wrong! Birnbaum's book was well written and I found that his ideas are just as applicable, and more importantly still useful, today. I highly recommend it as a starting point for understanding "how colleges work."

  • By Kente Master on February 18, 2015

    Good book for any college admin to read.

  • By Ash on December 18, 2012

    really good book needed it for class, it came on time, had no damage not much writing if any at all. helped me get done what I needed to get done.

  • By Guest on February 14, 2016

    Excellent


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