ERIC Number: ED283496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
The Decision-Making Structure and the Dean.
Johnson, Betty M.; George, Shirley A.
Administrator's Update, v6 n4 1987
Characteristics in the college academic setting and the external environment that affect the decision-making structure and that the dean should consider before reorganization are examined. Concepts and theories about governance, decision-making, organizational structure, and characteristics of effective decision makers are also briefly reviewed. A number of variables in the academic environment are related to the decision process, including faculty heterogeneity, departmentalization, the climate of the organization, and specific characteristics of the university. Approaches that have been used to incorporate information about a changing external environment into the decision process include environmental scanning, multiple scenario analysis, and issues management. A new model for decision-making that focuses on learning must be considered for the 1980s and 1990s. This model would help interpret issues of resources in terms of their impact on learning; ensure that performance, learning outcomes, and teaching improvements would receive greater attention than process measures; emphasize the special values, patterns, and attitudes of education; and recognize the relationship of the institution to its environment. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Responsibility, College Administration, Deans, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Futures (of Society), Governance, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Characteristics, Leadership Responsibility, Organizational Climate
American Association of University Administrators, P.O. Box 6221, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.