ERIC Number: ED433077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Shared Governance in Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
This digest discusses shared governance in community colleges and identifies issues highlighted by recent shared governance experiences. Governance structure in public community colleges tends to have many variations at both the state and local level. Shared governance is a pattern of self-government in which decision-making is shared among constituencies affected by the decisions. In community colleges, the decision-making responsibility may be shared among governing boards, administrators and faculty, with participation by staff and students. Ideally, a shared governance structure accurately recognizes the needs of all constituencies and fosters partnership and vested interest in the successful policy outcomes. Several examples of shared governance models are cited to articulate the actual advantages and disadvantages. The examples suggest that shared governance can be successful in increasing participation in the decision process and interaction within the college community, but also may lead to challenges. Shared governance may: 1) promote turf wars between constituencies; 2) fragment budgets; 3) promote distrust and resistance to change; 4) be unsound in terms of legal accountability; and 5) be too slow. Successful shared governance requires a committed and focused effort from all participants and clearly described missions and goals. Contains 14 references. (RDG)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Change, Governance, Governing Boards, Government School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Student School Relationship, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521; Tel: 310-825-3931.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.