ERIC Number: ED172873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Policy Formulation in a Non-Unionized Community College: An Assessment of the Role Played by the Representative Body of the Faculty (Faculty Council) in the Decision-Making Process.
Moten, Charlyne H.
A study was undertaken at Harrisburg Area Community College (Pennsylvania), a non-unionized institution, regarding the function and effectiveness of the Faculty Council in policy formation and decision-making. A three-part survey covered the role of the Council in policy-making, the function of standing committees, and possible alternative representative structures. Seventy-one full-time faculty (62%) completed the form. Of the respondents, 75% felt the faculty had a more limited role than administration in policy formation and 64% believed the faculty role should be expanded. A slight majority (51%) indicated that faculty standing committees did little meaningful work, but 56% also responded that committees were ineffective due to lack of participation by members. Comments made by faculty to open-ended questions in the survey also cited apathy on the part of some faculty as a reason for lack of committee effectiveness. Regarding alternative representation arrangements, 48% of responding faculty felt that an off-campus collective bargaining agency would not be more effective than the Faculty Council in resolving crisis situations. Forty-eight percent felt collective bargaining would not enhance faculty position in decision-making; 41% indicated it would. The survey form is appended. (DR)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, College Administration, College Faculty, College Governing Councils, Community Colleges, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Faculty Organizations, Policy Formation, School Surveys, Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed. D. Practicum, Nova University