ERIC Number: ED259690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Work Experience of University and College Administrators.
Austin, Ann E.
Administrator's Update, v6 n1 Fall 1984
The work experiences of college presidents, deans, and midlevel administrators are examined, with attention to job characteristics, degree of participation in college decision making, loyalty and commitment to the school, and job satisfaction. Extrinsic variables of the work environment include workload, rewards, supervision, and opportunities, while intrinsic variables cover the work itself, how it is performed, the degree of autonomy over the work, and feedback received. Presidents are facing an increasing number of complex demands from within and without their institutions. While the responsibilities of deans have increased recently, it is unclear whether shifts in the college power structure will increase or restrict deans' power. Midlevel administrators, who may have to implement policies made by others, are defined as the directors and deans of support services, as well as other administrators to whom assistants report. All three groups of administrators experience excessive demands on time, considerable role conflict and stress, and limited opportunities for mobility. To enhance administrators' work experience, it is important to articulate purposes, use collaborative approaches, improve opportunities for professional growth, and increase knowledge of administrators' work. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, College Presidents, Deans, Decision Making, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Middle Management, Power Structure, Work Attitudes, Work Experience
American Association of University Administrators, P.O. Box 6221, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.