ERIC Number: ED031186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Administrator or Educational Leader? The Junior College President.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Roueche, John E.
A review of pertinent materials showed American junior college presidents seldom assume the responsibilities of educational leaders, but rather merely function in the capacity of educational administrators. To further investigate this problem, a 10% random sample of 912 colleges listed in the 1968 "Junior College Directory" was selected; the sample was stratified by enrollment size and source of control. Documents, including statements of policy produced by boards of trustees, job descriptions of college presidents, and presidents' annual reports to boards, faculties, and/or students were examined. Findings indicated that at most junior colleges there was no formal definition of the president's responsibilities; there were no written statements of official board policies; presidents did not periodically report to trustees, faculty, or students; and, typically, presidents were not responsible for, or address themselves formally to, matters of educational leadership. Ten steps board of trustees can follow to develop their presidents into educational leaders were suggested: provide a job description for president; require him to relate all expenditures to student learning; seek out new people for president's position; rotate office holders; allow president to delegate authority for fiscal management; allow educational experimentation by president; let him take articulation initiative; let him upgrade his education; support institutional research; and ask the president pertinent questions. (MB)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Presidents, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Junior Colleges, 1315 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Regional Educational Lab. for the Carolinas and Virginia, Rougemont, NC.