ERIC Number: ED187220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Professional Management and Academic Planning: Some Recent Considerations. AAHE-ERIC/Higher Education Research Currents, May 1980.
Linney, Thomas J.
The increasing complexity of management and planning within institutions of higher education has fostered the development of more sophisticated theories of management in higher education. Such complexity has also encouraged the development of a number of academic planning tools and models to aid administrators in management through access to data and projections of the consequences of their decisions. The use of such models and the need for increasingly sophisticated planning seems bound to increase if institutional vitality is to be insured in a period of reduced resources. Such management complexity increases the specialized skills required to manage institutions and seems likely to result in additional conflicts between administrators and faculty over governance issues. Academic planning does not produce solutions to all the problems that confront institutions, especially those that relate to social issues such as access and sexual equality. Yet by understanding the complexities of academic management and by the ability of academic planning to provide a means for the development of incremental change reflecting the concerns of the university community, an arena for the resolution of conflict within the university can be established. It is toward such ends that academic planning and academic management must strive. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Administration, College Faculty, College Planning, Conflict Resolution, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Enrollment Projections, Governance, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Management Systems, Models, Prediction, Productivity, Retrenchment
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.