ERIC Number: ED267727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Bargaining and Campus Governance: Rhetoric v. Research.
Zirkel, Perry A.
Administrator's Update, v6 n2 1986
The body of rhetorical writing and research studies about the interrelationship of faculty bargaining and campus governance are compared and synthesized. The research is emphasized so that the findings can inform and advance the ongoing debate and operational decision about this issue. Qualified, but not complete, support is found for the belief that lack of faculty influence in institutional decision-making causes faculty unionization. Other significant variables, such as the institutional context, enter into this equation. The view that faculty bargaining causes significant increase in the faculty's influence in institutional decision-making is not clearly supported, particularly for academic matters at mature universities. The notion that faculty bargaining will bring about the end of faculty senates is premature. The literature supports the assertion that other collegial governance structures, such as personnel and academic committees, will be either significantly eroded or enhanced. Finally, to the extent that faculty have collectively gained influence in decision-making, it seems that their gains have been generally paralleled by centralization of administrative authority, largely at the expense of deans and department chairs. A 59-item reference list is included. (SW)
Descriptors: Centralization, Collective Bargaining, College Administration, College Faculty, Governance, Higher Education, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making, Power Structure, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Unions
American Association of University Administrators, P.O. Box 6221, University, AL 35486 ($2.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.