ERIC Number: ED208783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Managing Student Affairs Programs: Methods, Models, Muddles.
Deegan, William L.
Management processes and problems are examined in a variety of student affairs contexts. This book (1) proposes a theoretical framework for the analysis of management functions in colleges and universities, (2) studies the practice of management in several different student affairs contexts to uncover current practices, issues, problems, and trends, and (3) aims to stimulate reflection and action in improving the quality of theory and practice in student affairs program management. Chapter 1 reviews major historical developments that have affected the growth of student affairs work and suggests five forces that will affect the future of the profession, including internal and external constituencies and accountability. The next chapter reviews management theory as reflected in a series of principles suggested in the literature about what constitutes effective management in performing the six major management functions--planning, organizing, budgeting, staffing, directing, and evaluating. It proposes a framework for management analysis. Chapters 3 through 6 are anonymous case studies of how four chief student affairs officers in differing environments perform management functions. Focus is on "centrality of style," the unique approach used by each officer to meet the special needs of individual institutions. An analysis of major problems, trends, and issues is presented in the final chapter, and 12 recommendations for research, policy development, and change in management practice are proposed. Among them are to develop a more flexible balance between planning and providing student services, and to study the effect of governmental studies and agencies on student affairs programs. (LB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Administration, Higher Education, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Administration, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Trend Analysis
ETC Publications, 700 E. Verita Sur, Palm Springs, CA 92263 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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