ERIC Number: ED025194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-11
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Some Limitations on Faculty Involvement in Academic Government.
The standards faculty have set for their own participation in academic governance seem to apply to another less complicated world, for their involvement can definitely reach a point of diminishing returns--both to the individuals concerned and the educational process. In the California state university system, faculty government has developed to an advanced level although the cry of "all power to the faculty" is still heard. But if the faculty is heavily involved (often 10-15 hours a week) in the many facets of an extremely complex state administrative structure, who will teach (except perfunctorily) or do research? The results of overestimating the faculty's capacity for self-government are: waste of precious trained manpower, loss of talent as many faculty members completely abandon administrative responsibilities or become full-time administrators, emergence of the professional "politico," and, more important, further fragmentation of knowledge and the educational process since there is no general agreement within academic senates on the ends of education. The culture, graduate schools, and desire for professional status all nurture specialization. To preserve the faculty AS faculty, institutions should be jointly operated by faculty, students and administrators. And if administrators demonstrate respect for faculty views and participation, there is hope that faculty members will realize their limitations and concentrate on policy matters while administrators tend to the store. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.