ERIC Number: ED037169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Ombudsman in Higher Education: Advocate or Subversive Bureaucrat.
Ombudsman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Higher Education Executive Associates of Detroit, MI.; Chico State Coll., CA.
Though the authors in these 13 papers differed in their attitudes toward the concept of an Ombudsman on campus, a majority seemed to agree with the following assumptions: 1) various levels of administration and bureaucracy are capable of abusing the citizenry of the university community; 2) the Ombudsman is a "third party agency" and is not the advocate of any special group; 3) his position is acquired and maintained in a manner that assures him of administrative perspective and freedom from political and administrative pressure; 4) he concerns himself with individuals and specific cases, but ultimately must become a "change catalyst" for the betterment of the university community; 5) he is a paramount tool of power, having full administrative authority to investigate and publish his findings and recommendations; and 6) he does not try to short-circuit valid existing compensation or grievance procedures. Several of the authors are Ombudsmen themselves and they discuss their campus experiences. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Ombudsman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Higher Education Executive Associates of Detroit, MI.; Chico State Coll., CA.
Note: Papers presented at a Conference on the Ombudsman in Higher Education, Burlingame, Cal., May 4-6, 1969