ERIC Number: ED177938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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The Effective Administrator. A Practical Approach to Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Campus Leadership.
Walker, Donald E.
Advice for the effective administration of higher education institutions is presented in this guide for practitioners. The characteristics of effective and ineffective administrators are discussed as they apply to the specific demands of college and university administration. The need for a cooperative working relationship between faculty and administration is stressed. It is suggested that a realistic understanding of the political nature of the campus community--especially its deep commitment to democratic principles and procedures--will facilitate the development of a more effective administrative style. Theoretical orientations of successful and unsuccessful administrators are examined and the wisdom of a diplomatic, rather than autocratic, approach to administration is emphasized. The human relations approach is applied to improving campus communication; preventing confrontations; defining problems pragmatically; and involving student, staff, and other groups in productive decision-making. (SF)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Administrative Principles, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Role, Administrators, Books, College Administration, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Governance, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership, Policy Formation, Politics, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 433 California Street, San Francisco, California 94104 ($11.95)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
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