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ERIC Number: ED086112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 5
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Faculty Trusteeship and Collective Bargaining: Can Faculty Representation on Governing Boards be an Effective Alternative to Collective Bargaining?
Hermann, Burton R.
To determine the perceived effectiveness of faculty representation on the governing boards of 53 fairly representative colleges and universities in the United States, a questionnaire was sent to college presidents, lay trustees, faculty representatives, faculty members and student representatives. Responses from 326 respondents indicated 81% judged their system of faculty representation to be effective, 89% wanted it to continue and only 45% preferred their system of faculty representation to a system of collective bargaining. Twenty-seven percent did not prefer faculty representation while the remaining 27 percent were undecided. Of the five groups of respondents only the presidents and the lay trustees revealed a clear majority favoring faculty representation over collective bargaining. Only 37% of the total respondents viewed faculty representation as being more effective than collective bargaining. Although 51% did not want collective bargaining in addition to faculty trusteeship, 31% wanted both systems while 19% were undecided. Conclusions indicate that although faculty trusteeship may still be desirable because of its effectiveness in making improvements in certain areas such as communication and board competence, it cannot be an effective alternative to collective bargaining in achieving satisfactory faculty salaries and in protecting the academic freedom and tenure rights of the faculty. (Author/MJM)
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