ERIC Number: ED276118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Issues Impacting on Departments of Educational Administration: Some Possible Responses.
Sistrunk, Walter E.
Colleges and universities are as vulnerable to change and public scrutiny as public schools. Many are experiencing hostile legislatures, meddling board members, loss of public confidence, reduced budgets, program changes, and alumni criticism. Colleges of education have responded to public scorn with massive program reforms; educational administration departments are eager to follow suit. This paper summarizes several issues facing educational administration departments and outlines some possible responses. An aging professoriate with few prospective high-quality replacements is one such issue. The solution might be providing onsite training for both school administrators and researcher-writers, since neither group usually possesses the other's skills and experience. The problem of declining enrollments (exacerbated by remanding recertification to local school districts or state boards of education) has no solution except school closure unless demand increases. To restore public confidence and adequate funding will require extensive curricular reform, outside funding sources, retrenchment, and other draconian measures. For "pro-active" board members and legislators the presenter suggests education courses in advisory behavior. To handle the most worrisome problem, practitioner criticism, will demand that departments of education administration listen to the criticism, find out what is causing the critical behavior, and find ways to seem relevant to practitioners. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (40th, Flagstaff, AZ, August 1986).