ERIC Number: ED113992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Management Dilemma: Shared Authority. The Management Challenge: Now and Tomorrow. Putting It All Together: The Management Team.
Lisensky, Robert P.
NACUBO Professional File, v2 n3 p 1-5 Dec 1971
The style of management in higher education has changed significantly in recent decades. The groups that have demanded, and in most cases been given, a share in the governance of the institution are the administration, the faculty, the students, and the non-faculty staff. The problem arises in implementing the claims for a share of authority. Some recent trends toward a more effective system of governance within this context are examined. The first is decentralization, which may be approached by the development of autonomous small sub-units having authority to bring decisions to a concluding point or influencing decisions and policy formulation. The second trend is the establishment of a joint council or university senate, a move toward centralization. The third trend in governance is the strengthening of the executive role for prompt and decisive action, which requires administrative accountability and continuous evaluation. Shared authority does not necessitate a balance of power but an emphasis on sharing. The concern is not the problem of whether one should share but the problems of sharing. The attempt is to develop a system of governance that balances the emphases on decentralization, centralization, and executive authority. (JMF)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administration, Centralization, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Faculty, Governance, Higher Education, Institutional Administration, Power Structure, Staff Role, Student Participation
National Association of College and University Business Officers, One Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of NACUBO (New York, New York, November 23, 1971)