ERIC Number: ED085051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Department/Division Structure in the Community College.
At their inception, community colleges adopted the traditional department/division structure. But there is a trend in community colleges toward combining related disciplines into a single department. Despite any administrative effort to subordinate or abolish the traditional department, the faculty within each discipline considers itself a close-knit community. This community exerts great influence on educational quality and indoctrinates new instructors much more successfully than does the college. The community college department is moving toward the four-year institution department in which instructors exercise a great deal of self-governance. Tenure and seniority are important in departmental governance. Part-time instructors have little voice in departmental governance and paraprofessionals have none, but a trend is beginning toward including paraprofessionals as members of the bargaining unit, partly because of the potential danger of paraprofessionals being used to staff classes during a strike. Student activism is still a minor movement in community colleges, but changes involving more relevant courses and students' rights have been made as a result of the activism of the 60's. To counteract the insularity of subject-matter groupings, colleges are experimenting with plans for mixing departmental units in the same building and classrooms. To counteract the trend toward self-governance, administrators are experimenting with new structures to replace the department and chairman, most commonly the division headed by an administrator. (KM)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.