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ERIC Number: ED041543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 6
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A Study of the Campus Ombudsman in American Higher Education with Emphasis on Michigan State University. An Abstract of a Thesis.
Rowland, Howard Ray
The purposes of the study were: (1) to define the campus Ombudsman; (2) to review the circumstances leading to his appearance on the academic scene, (3) to describe his activities, and (4) to analyze the effects of his activities. Campus Ombudsmen were interviewed at six institutions including: the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Detroit, Michigan State University, San Diego State College, and San Jose State College. Students who consulted the campus Ombudsman at Michigan State University during Fall 1968 were surveyed. This abstract of the study summarizes the major findings of the four areas investigated and concludes that "even when performing effectively, the campus Ombudsman cannot ward off major student confrontations of a political nature challenging the organizational structure of the institution. The position requires an organizational structure which is relatively stable, supported and trusted by most of its people within it most of time. It is intended to make a system of government function as designed rather than to restructure the system." (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.