ERIC Number: ED428781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Chairs and Change in the Evolving Community College.
Byrne, Joseph P.
To determine the effects of trends and social forces on community college administrative structure, a review was conducted of pertinent recent literature. Findings assert that traditionally, community colleges have had highly bureaucratic organizational structures and faculty with relatively low levels of educational achievement. However, dramatic enrollment increases due to economic changes and workforce training needs are working to undermine that bureaucratic structure as faculty develop professionally and cross-unit teams increase their presence. Community college faculty include a growing number of doctorate degree-holders, as well as more part-time faculty, trends that can be expected to increase the professional level of department chairs, who traditionally have had little training. The increasing role of faculty in college governance and the implementation of cross-division teams may encroach on the traditional power wielded by chairs. Contains 37 references. (BCY)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Role, College Administration, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Department Heads, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Literature Reviews, Organizational Change, Power Structure, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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