ERIC Number: ED042435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Faculty in Governance at the University of Minnesota.
Deegan, William L.; Mortimer, Kenneth P.
This is 1 of 3 related case studies of faculty in college and university government. The purpose was to investigate: the formal mechanisms and the informal practices of faculty participation in governance; the emergence of oligarchies and the relationships of these "ruling" groups to faculty constituencies and administrative agencies; and formal and informal methods of liaison between faculty and administration. In particular, an effort was made to investigate: (1) faculty participation in developing and implementing policies and procedures concerning faculty personnel, budget, curriculum, and educational policy; (2) the structure and operation of the faculty senate; and (3) the degree of centralization in decision making. The major findings were: there was little or no central University administrative or faculty review of personnel or curriculum. The faculty voice was least influential in matters relating to educational policy and budget at the institution-wide level, though faculty played a significant role in decisions on educational policies within the colleges. There seemed to be a faculty oligarchy composed of persons who had served on many senate committees over a long period of time, and they seemed to work effectively with administrators. Faculty members generally respected administrators for their integrity and competence. (AF)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.