ERIC Number: ED213365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Program for the Development of Team Leadership at the University of Akron.
Buchtel, Foster S.; Guzzetta, D. J.
A program at the University of Akron, Ohio, that focused on teamwork and leadership that is responsive to social change in the urban scene is described, and implications for decision processes are addressed. The university became involved in reviewing, analyzing, and projecting activities and programs relevant to the university's mission through the development of guidelines regarding the goals of the university and its urban mission, and through the activities of an institutional planning and development commission, a committee for the study of the future, and an educational research and development center. In addition to these efforts, a program funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation was designed and implemented to help faculty and administrative staff improve their understanding of the university organization and operations and to develop individual and team leadership skills. The basic intent of the program was to enlarge the resource pool of individuals who would participate in the university planning and decision-making process. The program activities included full-day classes, task forces, internships, resource groups, breakfast forums, and a retreat. Perspectives on the involvement of faculty and administrators in university decision-making are presented in the following paper, which is appended: "Faculty and Administrator Development for Better Involvement in University Decision Making--An Actual Case: Introductory Remarks," by Foster S. Buchtel. It is suggested that better decisions result from collective thinking and advice, and that decisions reached through collective contributions have a better chance of successful implementation. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Agents, College Administration, College Faculty, College Planning, College Role, Cooperative Planning, Faculty Development, Governance, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Role, Teamwork, Urban Areas, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kellogg Foundation; University of Akron OH
Note: For related documents, see HE 014 865, HE 014 867, and HE 014 806. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Decision Sciences (Chicago, IL, October 1977).