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ERIC Number: ED262689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Committee Revisited.
Woodrow, James I.
Strengths of the committee system and its value for colleges and universities are discussed. College committees provide more people with the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process. Leadership is provided to a committee by a chairperson who acts as a facilitator. The value of a committee depends on the scope of its mission, the caliber of its membership, the support it receives from senior administration, and its modus operandi. Functions that committees perform and their strengths are as follows: improving the information-gathering process; dividing the workload between several people and keeping pace with the flow of decision-making needs; creating a sense of ownership among its members; encouraging democratic communication; encouraging coordination among departments; providing a forum to debate issues; improving solutions as a result of the committee process; providing a check and balance system by raising biases or mistakes of a single member; facilitating the acceptance of solutions; providing anonymous solutions on controversial issues; enhancing administrators' awareness of relevant institutional issues as perceived by staff, students, alumni, and others; creating a team attitude; improving professional self-esteem among members; and developing leadership skills. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A