ERIC Number: ED052734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-17
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Impetus to the Faculty in University Governance.
Despite the turmoil of the last 6 years, there have been few educational changes on the campuses that were instituted on a corporate or conscious central basis. The reasons for this resistance to change stem in part from the cast of characters in the academic world: the administrators who often come from careers where they were little involved in educational policy, the conservative nature of the faculty, and the indifferent trustees. Changes that have taken place have often stemmed from student action. This does not mean that faculty and administrators have failed to criticize or question educational policies and practices, but that these criticisms rarely led to constructive action, and that when changes occurred they were generally of an additive nature. With the bleak economic situation, it is not possible to introduce change through expansion or addition, and the natural tendency for the faculty will be to favor a gloomy conservatism and to be reluctant to participate in policies of shrinkage or substitution. To preserve faculty democracy and involvement in governance, the faculty should concentrate on matters most important to it. This paper concludes by listing some theses pertinent to faculty governance that were made in the first report of the Assembly on University Goals and Governance. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia.