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ERIC Number: ED104482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
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Creative Failure in Innovative Administrative Structure for Delivery of Community Services.
Turnage, Martha
This report analyzes the failure of a small rural community college's plan to deliver non-traditional educational services to non-traditional students by reorganizing its administrative structure; it also discusses the successful programs that finally emerged from this failure. The plan involved elevating the dean of community services to a position equal to that of the dean of instruction and devoting 20 percent of the college's total resources, including faculty workload and support services, to community services. Because the plan was vague as to the authority of each dean, a power struggle between the deans evolved. Also, because faculty members did not participate in the development of the plan, they resented their non-traditional assignments. Faculty members, as well as department chairmen, support services personnel, and even the president, retained their traditional working relationship with the dean of instruction and largely ignored the new dean. In less than one year, the plan was discarded and the dean of community services resigned. However, the dean of instruction adopted the values and programs previously advocated by the dean of community services, and, when the traditional administrative structure was reestablished, the number of community services programs increased and gained the support of the institution as a whole. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Higher Education (30th, Chicago, Illinois, March 23-26, 1975)