ERIC Number: ED335987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-15
Reference Count: N/A
Campus Governance Models at Work: Goal Setting and Decision Making in "Joint Big Decisions Committees."
This paper, part of a larger study on the emergence of the Joint Big Decisions Committee (JBDC) in higher education management practices, focuses on how the JBDC has functioned in light of existing organizational governance models. The paper begins with a literature review which presents and discusses various management model types. These model varieties, each of which is considered a distinctly different approach to organizational theory, are as follows: bureaucratic; rational choice, decision process, collegial, political, and cultural. In addition, the results of a study that examined the JBDC process on four campuses (the University of Montana, Missoula; Georgia Southern College, Statesboro; Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania; and West Virginia University, Morgantown) are provided. The study examines and compares the patterns of the JBDC decision-making process on these campuses in order to address whether or not the JBDC actually represented a new model of governance. The leadership of the JBDC on these campuses is also analyzed as to its overall effectiveness in accomplishing the goals of the institution and working within the organizational structure. Recommendations are offered for university presidents who may be considering the implementation of a JBDC. Contains 31 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Joint Action; Joint Big Decision Committees
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for College and University Planning (Seattle, WA, July 15, 1991).