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ERIC Number: EJ885243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Care and Feeding of the Chief Academic Officer
Holyer, Robert
Trusteeship, v18 n3 p30-33 May-Jun 2010
There is an adage common among deans and provosts: The board is concerned with the care and feeding of the president; the faculty is concerned with the care and feeding of the faculty. The implication--and why it brings a knowing smile to any chief academic officer's face--is that no one seems concerned with the care and feeding of the CAO. Small to medium-sized colleges will usually have a single CAO, several associate or assistant deans, and department chairs who may function more as colleagues than as administrators. Universities will have a chief academic officer and a dean for each of the schools or colleges in the university, as well as department chairs with extensive administrative responsibilities. Boards tend to know the CAO since he or she usually provides administrative support to the board's academic-affairs committee. In this article, the author discusses the role that chief academic officers play in translating education vision into effective practice. The chief academic officer should understand both the faculty culture and the governing-board context and be able to "translate" so that common projects don't founder on misunderstanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A