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ERIC Number: ED210057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Who Has the Power?
Forbes, W. G.
Three issues concerning educational policy making are examined in this paper: (1) Who has the power to affect major policies in Canadian postsecondary education? (2) How does a shift in power affect educational policy making? and (3) How can institutional management best respond to this power? After presenting a rationale for its focus on power, the paper lists nine groups which influence policy making and comments upon issues associated with their degree of influence over policy making. These nine groups are, in order of influence, the provincial government, the institutional boards of governors, college presidents, college faculty, the federal government, faculty unions, college students, alumni associations, and local governments. After the assertion is made that the concentration of power in the hands of the provincial government makes any resultant policy less applicable to local needs, nine suggestions are provided as ways that institutional management can extend its power to influence policy making. These suggestions include the following: develop a strong identification with the next higher power source, i.e., the board of governors; strengthen the power base by forming peer groups such as a council of presidents; find out about the value systems and characteristics of those who have power; and move to a participative administrative mode. The paper concludes with comments on the inevitability and positive aspects of conflict in matters of power. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada
Note: Paper presented at the Transatlantic Institute (Oxford, England, July 1981).