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ERIC Number: ED423925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 9
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Two Essays on Shared Governance.
Doud, Robert E.
These two essays present philosophical ideas on the development of shared governance in academic institutions. What philosophy has to contribute to governance is the very level of generality on which it "thinks." Philosophy places value on general principles and long-term goals, rather than particular cases and practical solutions. Philosophy also reflects critically on specific issues and then argues for policies. When philosophy deals with particular cases, it regards itself as establishing patterns and precedents to be used again in the future. Always balancing the particular and the general, it becomes possible to apply principles consistently as the theory expands. College governance has a special range of issues, due to the fact that it has faculty who are not just employees, but academic officers. The structural problem in academic institutions is that the administration, who have much of the governing power, are in important ways only secondary to the faculty. Proposed in these essays is the idea that shared governance would establish a zone of cooperation between faculty and administration. It would recognize both the central importance of the faculty and the range of administrative expertise and specialization that is necessary for the faculty to deliver their services to the community. (AS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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