ERIC Number: ED033667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The President and Campus Governance: A Research Profile.
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
This report is based on more than 900 interviews with faculty members, administrators, students, and department chairmen at 19 colleges and universities across the US. The interviews, designed to examine the processes of governance in different campus environments, revealed 4 aspects of presidential style which are discussed within and across institutional lines: how and with whom the president consults and how he delegates; the channels of information and decision-making through which he operates; the people on whom he becomes dependent, and why; and the matters which he makes public and those which he keeps confidential. A look at the range of presidential approaches to governance, through democratic, autocratic, hierarchical, or participative structures (or through a combination of any 2 of these), leads to the conclusion that institutional structure is less important in explaining differences in the ability of presidents to energize the system than are the PEOPLE who comprise the system. Successful presidents are able to estimate what responsibilities the individuals comprising the system are willing to take on, and push organizational levers in such a way that people actually become involved. The author suggests a radical redefinition of governance, one that is based less on decision-making, systems analysis and task orientations and more on the quality of participation. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Identifiers: Campus Governance Project