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ERIC Number: EJ1139330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-3478
The Need to Practice What We Teach: Assessing the Preparedness of Chairs and Deans to Their Management Appointments in Mississippi's Public Universities
Long, Jamye; Johnson, Cooper; Faught, Sam
Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, v11 n1 p23-29 Spr 2015
In the classroom, great effort is made to educate the next generation of leaders on the importance of training for them and their future employees. As educators, the natural emphasis is placed on formal education, however as employees are promoted, their success often rests with their ability to manage a larger unit. In higher education the most basic assumption of managers rests in the belief that the ones who hold the administrative positions possess exceptional qualifications and knowledge to successfully guide their institutions to greatness. Included are the beliefs that prior to their current appointments, these administrators completed appropriate, relevant, and thorough training encompassing the applicable management skills. From understanding technical and legal aspects of their responsibilities, such as budgets, accreditation procedures, and pertinent laws, to ethically applying these practices with their workforces, which includes incorporating the institutions' values, all administrators are assumed to be fully knowledgeable and capable of carrying out their duties. However, these assumptions, beliefs, and understandings do not provide concrete evidence of their qualifications and in many ways could prove to be a great disservice that exposes the institutions to potential problems. Therefore, through assessing the formal opportunities of preparedness of chairs and deans within public universities in Mississippi, one can gain a better understanding of the qualifications of administrators, who frequently begin their careers in management of higher education in these roles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
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