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Fitting Form to Function: A Primer on the Organization of Academic Institutions (American Council on Education/Oryx Press Series on Higher Education)

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The way in which the various departments within colleges and universities are organized has a direct impact on their effectiveness. Factors such as reporting structures, what kinds of committees are formed, and how the administration and faculty collaborate to make decisions all play key roles in how well an institution meets its objectives. However, the fact that faculty members and students are also involved requires colleges and universities to have very different organizational structures from those used in a corporate setting. In a series of succinct chapters, the author examines the functions of each department within an academic institution, then offers explicit recommendations on the types of organizational structures and processes that are best suited to carry them out. The author extends his discussions through the use of 27 maxims, which embody helpful general principles drawn from current practice and the author's own experience. Special attention is paid to the offices of the president, academic dean, and provost, as well as the functions of departmental chairpersons. The book also reflects upon the nature of successful collaboration between the administration and faculty. By addressing these organizational issues, institutions can operate more efficiently and become better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

"Anyone interested in, or concerned about, the structure and administration of contemporary universities would do well to read Rudolph Weingartner's newest book....It is pithy and powerful". — Robert M. Berdahl, president, The University of Texas at Austin

"A college president, provost, or dean — yes, even a department head — will find much here to assist inmarshaling the centripetal forces that are needed to make a university a viable, productive and progressive home for learning and discovery". — Herbert A. Simon, professor of computer science and psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Book News Annotation:

Weingartner (philosophy, U. of Pittsburgh) draws on his long experience administering departments and colleges to offer advice on the organization and function of higher education institutions and how the two can be integrated. Among the organizational elements he examines are reporting structures, types of committees, the faculty senate, academic departments, and collaboration between the administration and faculty.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Synopsis:

The way in which the various departments within colleges and universities are organized has a direct impact on their effectiveness. Factors such as reporting structures, what kinds of committees are formed, and how the administration and faculty collaborate to make decisions all play key roles in how well an institution meets its objectives. In a series of succinct chapters, the author examines the functions of each department within an academic institution, then offers explicit recommendations on the types of organizational structures and processes that are best suited to carry them out.

About the Author

RUDOLPH H. WEINGARTNER is professor emeritus of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573560221
Author:
Weingartner, Rudolph H.
Publisher:
American Council on Education
Location:
Phoenix, Ariz. :
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Administration
Subject:
Universities and colleges
Subject:
Education, higher
Subject:
Education, Higher -- United States -- Decision making.
Subject:
Universities and colleges -- United States.
Subject:
Education, Higher -- United States.
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Edition Description:
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Series:
American Council on Education/Oryx Press Series on Higher Education
Series Volume:
104-237
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9.19x6.16x.61 in. .90 lbs.

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