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ERIC Number: ED016306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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THE PRESIDENT AS AN INNOVATOR.
MCGRATH, EARL J.
THIS PAPER RECORDS THE EXPERIENCE OF SOME EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS, REVIEWS THEIR OBSERVATIONS ON THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES, AND DISCUSSES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT FOR INNOVATION. THE TIME OF THE COLLEGE PRESIDENT AS AN EDUCATIONAL INNOVATOR HAS PASSED AS A RESULT OF THREE MAJOR FACTORS DIFFERENTIATING PRESENT ACADEMIC CONDITIONS FROM THOSE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY--(1) EXPANSION IN THE SIZE OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, (2) CHANGE IN STRUCTURE AND THE NEW POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD OF LEARNING, AND (3) GROWTH OF ACADEMIC DEMOCRACY THROUGH WHICH FACULTY MEMBERS PLAY A FAR MORE IMPORTANT ROLE IN ACADEMIC GOVERNMENT THAN THEY ONCE DID. DESPITE THESE FACTORS, THERE IS NO LESSENING OF THE NEED FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE A FORCE FOR INNOVATION. THE PRESIDENT'S ROLE AS AN INNOVATOR IS DISCUSSED AS ANALAGOUS TO THAT OF AN AGRICULTURALIST--(1) HE MUST PREPARE THE GROUND FOR RECEPTIVITY OF IDEAS AND SECURE FUNDS, (2) HE MUST PLANT THE SEEDS OF INNOVATION, AND (3) HE MUST TURN TO OTHER SOURCES OF INSPIRATION, BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, WITHIN THE COLLEGE WHEN HE EXHAUSTS HIS OWN IMAGINATION ABOUT NEEDED REFORM. THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT, OF WHICH THIS IS ONE ESSAY, "SELECTED ISSUES IN COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION," IS AVAILABLE FROM THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10027. (HW)
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.
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