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ERIC Number: ED030393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 209
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Simulation to Facilitate Faculty Participation in College Government.
Gillin, Sister Caroline M.
The purpose of this doctoral dissertation was to explore the use and effectiveness of a simulation technique in promoting faculty participation in college government. The college selected for the study is a private, liberal arts institution in the Midwest which is operated by a Roman Catholic religious order, has a student enrollment of almost 1,100, and 81 full-time faculty members. Several measurement instruments were used to obtain data about the faculty, their current participation in governance and areas of desired participation, and their descriptions of an "ideal" college and of the actual college. The simulation materials used in the experiment were adapted from Clark C. Abt's "An Education System Planning Game." During simulation sessions, faculty members assumed faculty and administrator roles and proposed ways of implementing their participation in governance as suggested by lists of data that were developed for the sessions. Their revised proposal was submitted to an Ad Hoc Committee which developed a new decision-making body, the College Council, which replaced the former Administrative Council and provided for more representative involvement in decision-making by faculty, students, and administrators. Study findings indicate that the simulation technique can be a key method in strengthening the possibilities of "community" government as a pattern of organization for a college. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.