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ERIC Number: ED023391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 72
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The Development of Multi-Unit Junior Colleges.
Jones, Milton O.
This paper surveys the trend in junior college organization toward the multi-unit system. It has evolved to meet the needs of both crowded metropolitan areas, where many physical facilities are required, and of extended rural districts, whose small population and tax support require consolidation of administration. Depending on whether authority and supportive services are centralized or decentralized, several forms of operation have developed: (1) a 1-college, branch-centers model, (2) a 1-college, multi-campus model, (3) a multi-campus district model, and (4) a multi-college, district model. A paradigm showing the relationship between these models reveals a continuum of development from centralized to decentralized authority. There is also a positive correlation between the age of the system and the degree of autonomy in its units. There are overlapping elements in all four models, of course, and systems under university control show still another variation. Problems unique to the multi-unit system are that administrative organization differs from that for a single institution, accreditation must be determined for the whole or for each unit, master planning for physical facilities, faculty, financing, and everyday communication and coordination are all more complex, and the location and extent of educational services must be foreseen with considerable certainty. The writer warns that the multi-unit system can bring either economy and efficiency or chaos and confusion. (HH)
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