Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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Across the United States, state legislative funding declines are forcing colleges and universities to rapidly adjust to a variety of shortfalls in revenue. Even the most prosperous universities, normally immune to decreases in funding, find themselves experiencing financial difficulty. To offset fiscal gaps caused by budget shortfalls and legislative decisions, university presidents are increasingly turning to fundraising as a means of filling the financial void and no donors are more poised to give transformational gifts than venture philanthropists. While the donations of venture philanthropists are highly sought, little research has been given to the potential for threats to academic freedom when universities accept these donations and far less attention has been paid to the process for what campus department solicits and accepts the donation. More pointed questions ask what it is universities are willing to give up to individuals in exchange for large donations. The aim of this study is to examine the feasibility of a shared governance model for the acceptance of venture philanthropy. By utilizing Birnbaum’s model of the collegial institution, this study contributes to the body of scholarly research by identifying how administrators, fundraising staff, and faculty can utilize a shared governance model for venture donation acceptance that seeks to ensure the integrity of academic freedom.



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Committee Chair

Mitchell, Roland



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