ERIC Number: ED029549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-21
Reference Count: 0
Changing Centers of Power in Higher Education. A Challenge to Institutional Leadership.
Palola, Ernest G.
The fundamental character of US colleges and universities is being changed by a variety of forces and pressures which have created a period of confusion, uncertainty, and alarm for many educators and policy-makers in higher education. The traditional principles and modes of institutional leadership are being challenged by forces from within and without higher education institutions. These forces often conflict with each other in struggles for power which negate simple solutions, but at the same time they contribute to major shifts in the distribution of power, authority, and influence in higher education. The demands for change must be met by new strategies which stimulate more interest in the purposes and goals of higher education institutions in order to reduce uncertainty about the institutions' contribution to society as they seek to maintain organizational flexibility to meet new and changing circumstances. The paper discusses; (1) the features of 3 major crises in higher education since World War II, (2) a theoretical framework designed to focus on the distribution of authority and influence in higher education, (3) conceptual issues concerning national and statewide scenes within the context of the theoretical framework, and (4) the consequences of changing centers of power and authority for institutional leadership, and a renewed identity for colleges and universities within an open, flexible system of authority. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Paper prepared for the Junior College Presidents Seminar, Berkeley, California, June 21, 1968