ERIC Number: ED128032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Changing Role of the Community College President in the Face of New Administrative Pressures.
Rushing, Joe B.
This paper looks at the job of the community college president in light of new trends and developments affecting administrative leadership. American higher education is entering a new era in which the community college president may expect intensified pressures in the areas of finance, governance, public confidence, employees' search for security, and governmental control brought about largely by a changing student market. Presidents will face a difficult task in satisfactorily answering the public's questions regarding the value of a college education. Institutional research must become an integral part of the community college in order to present the facts pertinent to the success of the community college. Economic problems, which may affect the "open door" philosophy, must be resolved, and presidential judgment will be required in this regard. As the collective bargaining movement grows, presidents must be prepared to cope with the pressures it implies in all areas of administration. Community college presidents can expect increased levels of governmental regulation, coordination, centralization, and control, with a concomitant increase in emphasis on governmental relations. Their role of influencing policy for educational enactments will also expand. No simple solutions can be equally successfully applied to every community college problem although some actions are suggested herein. (JDS)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Problems, Administrator Role, Collective Bargaining, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Educational Finance, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Institutional Research, Presidents, Public Opinion, Two Year Colleges
AACJC Publications, P. O. Box 298, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Shell Companies Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.