ERIC Number: ED439766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Shared Governance in Community Colleges. Policy Paper.
Alfred, Richard L.
This paper, which focuses on shared governance in community colleges, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. Shared governance, or "collegial decision making," entails distributing authority, power, and influence for academic decisions among campus constituencies. Campus constituencies may include faculty, students, administrators, staff, unions, faculty senate, and the board of trustees. Historically, community college governance flowed from the president at the top down through layers of other administrators and faculty. As community colleges are increasingly being expected to quickly deliver customer service and redesign curricula to meet community and industrial needs, shared governance will become more crucial. Presented in this document are the advantages and disadvantages of shared governance. The importance of establishing a clear definition of shared governance and how it fits into the college's mission is a prerequisite to designing appropriate training for faculty and staff. It is recommended that specific areas of action be outlined before decisions are made so that each constituent group is aware of the scope of its responsibilities and authority. (AF)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Community Colleges, Decision Making, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Governance, Governing Boards, Institutional Mission, Organizational Objectives, Policy Formation, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 286-296.