ERIC Number: ED251056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-30
Reference Count: 0
The Search Process: The Candidate's Perspective on Avoiding Common Institutional Errors.
Felicetti, Daniel A.
Ways that presidential search committees of colleges can avoid common errors are discussed. The following suggestions are offered: (1) begin with institutional self-assessment; (2) carefully select search committee members; (3) avoid the appearance of wired jobs; (4) provide enough published information to candidates; (5) provide strong logistical coordination of campus visits; (6) save requests for extensive personal information until last; (7) maintain confidentiality; (8) let honesty govern above all else; (9) check references in an above board manner; and (10) keep the candidate posted until the end. It is suggested that a search committee of 10-12 representatives of the faculty, administration, and student body is about the right size. When there are viable internal candidates for a position, their presence should be mentioned to outside candidates before they arrive on campus. Promising candidates should be provided institutional data summaries and information to provide them a good idea of the campus and its problems. A support person is needed to coordinate the frequent communications and details. Students should be included in the search process. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Search Committees
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Postsecondary Education sponsored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association Division J (San Francisco, CA, October 28-30, 1984).