ERIC Number: ED039844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Campus Governance - Faculty Participation.
McConnell, T. R.
One of the most significant changes in patterns of authority and influence in higher education during the last quarter century is the great growth of faculty power, coupled with rapid faculty professionalization. Several studies have pointed out that under ordinary conditions, ruling "elites" take over faculty affairs, and participation on senate committees is limited to a relatively small number of faculty. The faculty is often distrustful of the administration and joint participation on committees does not necessarily relieve the tension. Decentralization of decision making and authority, however, does seem to be a useful devise in reducing conflict. The methods used in resolving conflict closely relate to the power struggle. The division is between the principle of shared decision making and shared authority in a community with common interests as exemplified by the AAUP, and the assumption of permanent conflict of interest between faculty and administration requiring confrontation, sanctions, and collective bargaining, as propounded by the AFT. Another issue is the composition of governing boards which are now primarily composed of lay members. The time has come to broaden the representation on the boards, to include faculty members and students, and increase the opportunities for discussion. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Identifiers: Fresno State College CA; University of Minnesota
Note: Article in The Research Reporter; v5 n1 1970