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ERIC Number: ED192852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-20
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Administrative Freedom and Responsibility in the Community College: A Proposal.
Cloud, Robert C.
Despite the strategic position the community college administrator occupies within the institution, there appears to be no definitive statement of administrative freedom and responsibility comparable to that available to faculty members. This is particularly surprising since many administrators are recruited from the ranks of faculty members, where they have historically enjoyed the support of academic freedom and tenure. This support, articulated and defended by the American Association of University Professors, has, despite abuses, assured freedom of teaching and research, as well as the economic security necessary in making the profession attractive to persons of ability. Although these tenets of freedom and tenure may not apply specifically to the administrative endeavor, it is generally accepted that administrators should be free to seek the truth in their specialty, carry out the duties prescribed in their job descriptions, and implement decisions consistent with governing board policy. While the American Association of University Administrators has adopted a statement of Professional Standards for Administrators in Higher Education, this statement focuses primarily on the university setting. A statement of principles emanating from the national level would help clarify the issue of administrative freedom and deter the erosion of authority and influence currently experienced by college administrators. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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