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ERIC Number: ED126030
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Competencies: Middle Management Roles in Higher Education.
Saville, Anthony
Management competencies within the higher education system are vitally important to the effectiveness of the institution. An examination of 50 institutional codes and bylaws reveals rather general statements with respect to specific duties of management professionals. Only five of 24 institutions surveyed had developed detailed position guides internally. The dean of a college of education must provide leadership pertaining to administration of organizational detail and leadership that is concerned with the more abstract phases of human engineering. Departments are the basic units of the administrative structure, and have the power to initiate most actions affecting the operations of the institution. Department chairmen are middle-management personnel and should be appointed with some form of faculty consultation. Often they are chosen in one or more of the following ways: direct appointment by the president, vice president, or dean upon consultation with the faculty; faculty nomination; or election. The relationship between the dean and his department chairmen depends upon personal and operational factors. Both positions are basically responsible for the same things at different levels of decision-making. Certain basic competencies are necessary for successful higher education administrators: (1) understanding the nature and setting for administration in higher education; (2) decision-making and communication; (3) understanding the practice of administration. (MM)
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