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ERIC Number: ED191517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-2
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Working Together: Coping with College Politics.
Reisser, Linda
Suggestions are made for creating healthy working relationships within a college administration and for improving the administrator's ability to cope with college politics. After introductory material examining the difficulty some educators, especially women, experience in utilizing power and politics to achieve desired goals, the report discusses five assumptions concerning the college workplace: (1) work relationships consist of implicit or explicit contracts; (2) conflicts arise due to the needs and feelings of co-workers; (3) administrative work involves the use of power; (4) power in colleges is distributed among groups and individuals; and (5) political maneuvering is an ongoing phenomenon caused by the scarcity of resources. The report then examines several conflict situations which detract from the administrator's power, competence, and credibility. These conflicts involve personality disputes; gossip; stress related to changes in staff, resources, priorities, or procedures; alliances or cliques; and impasses caused by inattention to identified problems. Conditions for healthy working relationships are then outlined, including the clear definition of roles and objectives, good communications, and respect for professional ethics. The report concludes with a description of problem-solving techniques to be used in resolving conflicts. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (60th, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 2, 1980)