ERIC Number: ED174135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Governance Implications of Deanship Selection: And Other Selected Thoughts on the Process.
Lutz, Frank W.
The dean selection process and its relationship to the political process of governance in higher education institutions are discussed. Data were collected from 31 institutions that were in the process of selecting a dean. Questionnaires were sent to selection committee chairpersons and members, and to the deans who were eventually selected. A model developed by Bailey (1965) for describing, analyzing, and predicting selection committee behavior was used for this study of search and screening committees. A discussion of the two types of councils included in Bailey's model--elite and arena--is presented. Analysis of the data indicates that the search and screening committees should be considered elite councils. None of the data indicate that there was an effort by individual committee members to represent any segment of the faculty, nor did students appear to have much influence on the selection process. Only a very small percentage of committee members were members of central administrations. The committees appeared to be acting as trustees for the university community as a whole and not as a group of delegates for separate factions. It is concluded that this decision-making process is elite in nature. Implications and other conclusions based on data concerning committee composition, the screening and selection process, and affirmative action are included. (SF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
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