ERIC Number: ED056687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Decision Making in the Multi-Unit College.
Kintzer, Frederick C.
Junior College Research Review, v6 n5 Jan 1972
Current problems in institutional organization are often those directly associated with the degree of autonomy allowed local administrators, the amount of centralization or decentralization of authority and the lack of communication. This review focuses on the development and presentation of a pattern for decentralizing the decision making process in multi-unit educational systems, emphasizing community college administration. The multi-branch community college district in theory provides opportunity for a more economical and efficient management and a minimum duplication of space, equipment and staff. Every educational institution should have as its prime purpose the development of an environment of learning--a major function of leadership. The four key tasks of leadership are: (1) defining the institution's mission and role, (2) building the institution's purpose into its social structure, (3) defending the integrity of the institution, and (4) gaining the consent of constituent units. The effectiveness of any organization is closely related to the quality of leadership found in the chief executive. Strong central control can result in maximum efficiency, economy, and impartial treatment of institutions, but it risks depersonalization, avoidance of responsibility, and lower morale. Maximum local control can encourage creativity, increase program relevancy and further morale, but it can result in inefficient handling of matters of organization-wide concern. (MN)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.