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ERIC Number: ED242245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Predictors of Department Viability in Periods of Decline.
Robertson, Jane
Characteristics of academic departments that affect resource allocation to departments by the college or university are discussed, especially in times of retrenchment. Attention is focused on the ability of academic departments to maintain or increase their share of the resources allocated by the central governing board. Relevant departmental characteristics can be categorized as rational, political, and structural. A rational criterion is one for which there is agreement as to its legitimacy and measurement (e.g., student enrollment and instructional units). Political characteristics include grants and contracts, which add to a department's power base. Additional contributions to departmental power include student enrollments in the department, and departmental representation on committees responsible for budget decisions and policy formation. Structural issues pertain to the internal arrangement of departments. This characteristic is generally referred to as "paradigm development," which concerns the real or perceived amount of consensus regarding certain aspects of the discipline. Methods that have been used to determine the level of paradigm development for a particular department include the direct questioning of faculty members and the computation of the average length of dissertations and abstracts. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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