ERIC Number: ED396641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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If I'd Only Known: Administrative Preparation that Could Have Made a Difference.
Townsend, Barbara K.; Bassoppo-Moyo, Sheila
A survey of 210 academic deans and vice presidents at a variety of college and university types explored the administrators' perceptions concerning the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they: (1) wish they had had upon entry into administration; (2) felt were currently needed by academic administrators; and (3) felt would be necessary for academic administrators in the next 5-10 years. Responses were tabulated by sex, highest degree held, and institutional type. Results indicated that technical competence, particularly in budgeting and finance, was the most commonly desired competence. The need for contextual competence, or the understanding of the environment in which higher education administration is practiced, competed with interpersonal competence for the second most desired ability. Communicative competence was the fourth most desired, and conceptual competence the fifth and least desired. Implications for training administrators are discussed briefly. A brief bibliography is included, and definitions of the five competencies are appended. (Contains nine references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education, College Administration, Communication Skills, Competence, Deans, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Sex Differences, Surveys
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Administrator Competencies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).