ERIC Number: ED039830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
Substance and Processes of Innovation in an Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Splete, Allen P.
The purpose of this paper was to analyze the decision making process regarding the introduction of innovations in a large private university and the roles played by a Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The formal correspondence and records of the VPAA's office were screened to identify decisions regarding innovations in that office over a period of one year. The 72 innovations thus identified were then classified by: (1) disposition, (2) source of entry into the university, and (3) source through which the VPAA learned of the innovation. Ten innovations were selected for case study. This paper deals primarily with the characteristics of the VPAA's role in the following stages of the decision-making process: (1) knowledge-stimulation, (2) interest-initiation, (3) attitude change-legitimation, (4) collective or individual decision, and (5) implementation. The indications were that the VPAA's role in collective decisions was more oriented toward educational nuturance, and in individual decisions, was more related to policy and finance checking. The VPAA was more likely to be an initiator, legitimizer and decision maker, than stimulator or implementer. Most innovations enter the university through constituents of the academic community, and there seemed to be little effort to implement innovations by replacing existing programs. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 5, 1970