ERIC Number: ED050673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-16
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Governance: Interacting Roles of Faculty, Students, and Administrators.
Corson, John J.
The central cause of the present sorry state of governance in many institutions is an historical misunderstanding as to the real nature of a college or university. Most institutions have inherited a formal organizational structure founded on the concept of hierarchy, a concept that is totally unsuitable to the needs of an institution of higher education, where power does not reside at a single source at the top, but in varying proportions in three or four groups. Proposals for modification of governance include: (1) the establishment of a new mechanism within the institution to make possible community-wide participation in governance; (2) making explicit the redistribution of authority that has been taking place; (3) the strengthening of leadership to maintain the college or university as a viable institution; (4) the establishment of means to enforce accountability with every extension of authority; and (5) the modification of the traditional structure of high school, junior college, 4-year college, professional and graduate schools. These proposals go a considerable way toward devising a system of governance designed to facilitate the engineering of consent. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Address presented at the 26th National Conference on Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 16, 1971