ERIC Number: ED336004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Salary Administration in the Political System vs. Management Systems of Higher Education.
This paper argues that the high output demands of the information age necessitate that higher education salary administration be shifted from political systems, where subjective evaluation makes patronage a criterion of success, to management systems which employ objective analysis to allocate remuneration according to productivity. The paper proceeds with a definition of the political system and an explanation of its operation in a university. This is followed by a discussion of how this man-centered authority structure dysfunctions in salary administration because it does not hold administrators strictly accountable for the quality of their performance. Next, the management system is defined and its functions in a collegiate organization are explored. Finally the merits of using this truth-centered authority structure, to allocate compensation to academicians, are discussed including the employment of objective data to hold all personnel strictly accountable for the quality of their work. This type of authority structure functions on the assumption that truth is sovereign over the operation of the collegiate organization. Consequently, personnel develop their special gifts and talents on the way to positions where they can maximize their contributions to the university. The text includes 49 end notes. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see HE 024 825.