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ERIC Number: ED103045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 154
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Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Institutional Committees as Governance Devices: Perceptions of Personnel at a Public Community College.
Kavanaugh, Larry; Stokle, J. Gerald
This practicum evaluates the institutional committee structure at Fresno City College (FCC), compares it to other or alternative structures at community colleges in California and New Jersey, and reports the attitudes and perceptions of faculty, administration, staff, and students about the effectiveness of the institutional committee structure as a governance device. After examining the significance of the problem of committees and governance structure at FCC, the procedures for the surveys are set forth. To examine governance structures at other schools, 16 community colleges of various sizes and locations were examined. After a close study of the FCC committee structure, 88 faculty, staff, and students were polled on their attitudes toward the effectiveness of committees at FCC; 67 responses were elicited. Dissatisfaction and discontent with the typical administratively-controlled committee structure is clearly demonstrated. A number of primary dissatisfactions are reported and reaction to proposed alternatives are solicited from survey respondents. Reform of the current system, establishment of a joint system of faculty-administration appointment of committee members, and the establishment of an all-college or unicameral senate as an alternative to a committee system are discussed. Percentage responses to key questions of the staff survey are reported, and recommendations are made. (Author/AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Practicum presented to Nova University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree