ERIC Number: ED348902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Central Administrations of Public Multi-Campus College and University Systems. Core Functions and Cost Pressures with Reference to the Central Administration of the State University of New York. Studies in Public Higher Education. Number 1.
Johnstone, D. Bruce
This essay examines the administration of public multi-campus universities, focusing in particular on central administration and the State University of New York (SUNY) system and on responses to the need for fiscal austerity. Before treatment of the main topic begins, the essay offers a look at five reasons for the suspicion and resentment that are commonly directed at college and university administrations. These reasons have to do with: (1) the allocation of resources; (2) faculty-administrative tensions; (3) disproportionate expansion of administrations in recent years; (4) faculty suspicion of that expansion; and (5) administrators as political targets. The essay goes on to argue that a central administration can be a structure through which a degrees of coordination, focus, stewardship and leadership with more academic integrity and less political intrusion can be exercised. Next the text lists the 12 principal responsibilities of the system's central administration: (1) leadership including establishing a mission and advocating for students, the state and citizens; (2) supervision of campus or institutional chief operating officers; (3) allocation of resources; (4) assessment, termination, and initiation of academic programs and research projects; (5) formulation of student access policies; (6) oversight of policies relating to the needs and behavior of students; (7) stewardship of state resources; (8) information and institutional research; (9) public relations; (10) personnel policies; (11) legal services and representation; and (12) consolidation of support services. The document goes on to examine each function first generically and then as it operates in the SUNY system. A final section details seven specific roles of the central administration in times of austerity. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.