ERIC Number: ED116757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Distributions of Authority and Patterns of Governance. Report No. 25.
Gunne, Manual G.; Mortimer, Kenneth P.
Five issues of mutual interest to faculty and administrators were chosen as the focus of this comparison of existing distributions of authority at three public state colleges and three public community colleges in Pennsylvania. Issues selected include: appointment, promotion, tenure, merit (salary increments), and curriculum. For the purpose of this study, the decision-making process was sequenced into six stages: initiation, consultation, recommendation, review, choice, and veto. At least 10 faculty and 10 administrators from each institution were interviewed and asked to describe their participation in the six stages of the decision-making process in regard to the five issues under investigation, and to relate their observations of the involvement of other personnel. Respondents based their evaluations on a five point continuum: administrative dominance, administrative primacy, shared authority, faculty primacy, and faculty dominance. The community colleges in the sample generally were characterized by adminstrative dominance or administrative primacy, although there was evidence of increasing consultation with the faculty. On the other hand, the state colleges were likely to be characterized by shared authority or faculty primacy. Faculty involvement was high on the curriculum issue for both types of institutions, followed by promotion, and low on merit. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.