ERIC Number: ED301260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Scholarship and the Community College Administrator.
Howard-Vital, Michelle R.
Community college administrators need to become more active in the scholarly pursuits of inquiry, writing, publishing, experimentation, and investigation if they are to emerge as institutional leaders and gain the respect of their colleagues and the educational community. Though administrators are often perceived as alienated from scientific inquiry, they offer valuable perspectives on how certain policies and programs can affect students and faculty. Their paradigms should be identified and presented for examination by others and used as the foundation upon which to construct learning activities. Administrators should be involved in the conceptualization of how educational administration can be systematically studied and how policies affect student learning. College presidents and boards should support scholarship by encouraging administrators to participate in symposia and other intellectual events; sponsoring sabbaticals for research; listening to research ideas; encouraging collaboration between faculty and administrators; and allowing flexibility that will foster scholarship. Administrators can, in turn, expand their perceptions of themselves to include scholarship. (AJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago State Univ., IL.