ERIC Number: ED162569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-25
Reference Count: 0
Academic Norms and the University Committee.
Fenton, Joann C.
The metropolitan university is viewed from the context of individual, group, and university level of social interaction. Metropolitan universities are defined as state-supported public universities located in urban areas and legislatively mandated as teaching institutions. Resources are usually dependent upon the number of full-time equivalent students registered in classes. Metropolitan universities are contrasted to cosmopolitan universities, where a major responsibility of the academic is research, and the ethos is individualistic. Cosmopolitan universities have been characterized as trans-national and elitist, and a large number of the student body is graduate students. In contrast, the metropolitan university has been characterized as local and non-elitist. Attention is focused on the undergraduate student body, and graduate programs are confined largely to the master's degree. Students are often part-time, holding down jobs in the community. Research tends to be engaged in by a small number of faculty working alone rather than in grant-supported research centers. The characteristics of one metropolitan university are described, and the role of research and interpersonal relationships between faculty, between faculty and students, and between faculty and administrators are discussed. The impact of a change in the university from a centralized administration to the university committee is analyzed. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Environment, College Faculty, College Role, College Students, Governance, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Interaction Process Analysis, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Peer Relationship, Research Projects, State Colleges, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Symposium on Structure and Context in Complex Societies, Southwestern Anthropological Association (San Francisco, March 23-25, 1978)