ERIC Number: ED452602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Faculty Participation in Governance: A Four-Year Longitudinal Study.
Blendinger, Jack; Cornelious, Linda; McGrath, Vincent
This paper discusses a qualitative case study that examined faculty attempts to establish and maintain a faculty council as a means of furthering shared governance between administrators and education faculty at a college of education over a 4-year period (1996-2000). Initial experience in shared governance--faculty members participating in problem solving, decision making, and policy development--was first presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association. Putting shared governance into action in the College of Education at Mississippi State University has been an up and down process, resulting in fluctuations in enthusiasm, progress, and delays. This paper reports that in the 2000-2001 academic year, the Faculty Council met infrequently, that maintaining shared governance has not been easy, and that the future looks bleak. However, a valuable lesson has been learned: unless administrators sincerely embrace the concept and support ways for putting shared governance into practice, the concept will not be realized. (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Bowling Green, KY, November 15-17, 2000).