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ERIC Number: ED422786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
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Birnbaum's Model of the Collegial Institution.
Ponton, Michael K.
This paper synthesizes Birnbaum's collegial model for describing academic institutions. In this model administrators, faculty, and students comprise a community of colleagues a collegium. Typically, institutions that fit the collegial model have a small enrollment of full-time on-campus students who follow a liberal arts curriculum. Since faculty and administrators usually hold terminal or advanced degrees, this results in an egalitarian environment of mutual respect. The community environment is sustained because all participants share common values and agree on the mission and character of the college. A pure collegial institution requires a small student enrollment with a concomitant small number of faculty and administrators to allow frequent personal interactions. Loops of interaction tend to be nonlinear, with frequent interactions and mutual liking reinforcing each other. Additionally, under this model the administration is tightly coupled to the interests of the core clientele students who come from a fairly well-defined background; faculty members are loosely coupled to professional guilds but tightly coupled within the faculty and with the administration. Leadership is expected to use influence rather than power. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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