Volume 14 Issue 9 - July 16, 2010
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Yungnane Yang
Report of the Visit of University of Illinois System
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Jo-Shu Chang
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New Efficient Three-party Quantum Key Distribution Protocols
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A new user-centered design approach: A hair washing assistive device design for users with shoulder mobility restriction
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Report of the Visit of University of Illinois System
Professor, Department of Political Science & Institute of Political Economy, National Cheng Kung University
[Date of Visit: April 26, 2010]

The author visited University of Illinois (UI) System on April 26, 2010 under the help of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Senior Executive Vice President, Dr. Da Hsuan Feng. The UI President treated it seriously and arranged four top administrators to talk with Prof. Yang individually. From the visit, the author learned a lot from the UI experiences in terms of the operation of board of trustees and other structural issues. The visit becomes meaningful since NCKU does not have a board of trustees. We, NCKU, can learn from the operation of UI System's board of trustees especially on the composition of board members and interactions between the President and board members. In addition, the President, board of trustees, faculty senate, and teacher union all play important roles in university operation. The most important finding is that members of the Board of Trustees are better to have diversified backgrounds. UI's Board of Trustees has room for improvements since there is no alumni member on the board. The interviewees also suggested that the best number for the board is 15 since 11 members seemed too little for operation. It was also suggested that board members needed to be given training courses. The President's assistant, a professional lawyer, mentioned that the UI President often showed up in Washington DC to increase UI's visibility for a better position for getting more research funding. In the UI system, the President, playing an active and vital role, interacts with board members frequently. Board members are allowed to have interactions with university administrators under the President's participation.

I. Purpose

USC Dean of SPPD Jack Knott (right) and the author (left)
NCKU is conducting a structural change. The mechanism of board of trustees is planned to be set up in NCKU to run the school effectively. National universities in Taiwan haven't had such a board of trustees yet. It is new in Taiwan's public universities although there has been such a system in private universities. However, the changes may not be easy since many faculty and staff may not know the details of the changes. Therefore, the purpose of visiting UI system is to learn how the structural changes of NCKU could be effectively implemented.

II. Process

I met with Dean Jack Knott of the School of Public Policy and Development (SPPD), University of Southern California (USC). We talked about university governance, and I mentioned that I was going to visit the UI system. He told me about the system. He mentioned that the principle is that board members should come from diversity of stakeholders, and not all be appointed by the governor.

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