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ERIC Number: ED319114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
NCPEA--UCEA: Converging Missions.
Forsyth, Patrick B.
Despite sharing a common history and purpose, the National Conference for Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) have operated in different ways. Whereas NCPEA's approach was always egalitarian and tied to a policy of individual membership, UCEA was organized more formally and followed a more restricted institutional membership policy. Although both approaches have merit and are complementary, the two associations have grown apart over the years. There are two causes for the bad feelings between the organizations: (1) disagreement over research/theory emphases; and (2) loss of mission, accompanied by financial difficulties and declining membership. Without a mission, the two associations were in no position to provide leadership and leverage against the inherent weaknesses of the colleges and universities housing them. At one extreme, some educational programs became "cash cows" devoid of academic standards. In other instances, slavish imitation of arts and sciences approaches made the educational administration program irrelevant to the practice of managing schools. In response to recent national directives to improve administrator preparation programs, the NCPEA and the UCEA could collaborate to bring about reform. A modest reform agenda is proposed to establish voluntary standards for recruiting and screening preservice candidates; reestablish full-time study as the norm; and commit to establishing full-time faculty consisting of both scholars and recently experienced clinical professors. (Five references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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