ERIC Number: ED052735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Structure and Operation of Faculty Governance: Who Rules and How?
Mortimer, Kenneth P.
This paper compares the structure, operation and representative character of academic senates at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, the Pennsylvania State University, and Fresno State College. The first section discusses the organization of the senates at the 4 institutions including senate structures, committee structures and activities and committee accountability. Section 2 deals with participation patterns and internal politics including committee service and committee composition by sex, rank, and academic field, as well as the operation of internal political networks. Section 3 examines the administrative involvement in senate affairs, including the presence of administrators on senate committees and the problems of separate jurisdiction or joint decisionmaking. A concluding section raises the question of the optimum balance between the tyranny of the majority and the rights of the minority in a representative structure and makes some recommendations about senates. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: Paper prepared for a workshop of the National Assembly on University Goals and Governance, Houston Texas, February 17-18, 1971