ERIC Number: ED407003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Academic Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making: Getting Down to Practical Issues.
Shugart, Sanford; Joynton, Olin
Although community college leaders are regularly faced with decisions that have significant ethical import, they tend to have little if any formal preparation in how to make them. For the most part, administrators want to make decisions that improve the effectiveness of educational delivery, promote organizational health, are congruent with institutional policies, and are morally justified. This moral dimension can lead administrators either to become very empathetic, meticulously follow every rule, or trust in their own sense of personal integrity. Increasingly, professions are developing practical guidelines to guide practitioners in reasoning for moral choices. A model for moral decision-making, adapted from a guide for nurses to the field of educational administration, includes the following 10 steps: (1) determine if an ethical problem exists; (2) determine what additional factual information is needed; (3) identify the ethical issues in the situation; (4) define personal and professional moral stances; (5) identify the moral stances of others in the situation; (6) determine if the situation contains any conflicts of moral values; (7) determine who should make the decision; (8) identify a range of options for actions and the consequences of each option; (9) decide on a course of action and carry it out; and (10) review and evaluate the results of any action taken. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Walking the Tightrope: The Balance between Innovation and Leadership. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the Chair Academy (6th, Reno, NV, February 12-15, 1997); see JC 970 185.