TITLE

The Latent Organizational Functions of the Academic Senate: Why Senates Do Not Work But Will Not Go Away

AUTHOR(S)
Birnbaum, Robert
PUB. DATE
July 1989
SOURCE
Journal of Higher Education;Jul/Aug1989, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p423
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on academic senates, which are considered to be the normative organizational structure through which faculty exercise their role in college and university governance at the institutional level. This article first examines briefly the manifest functions of the academic senate that its critics claim appear not to be fulfilled. Secondly it examines at greater depth, what may be the latent functions of the academic senate that may explain its growth and persistence despite its failure to meet its avowed purposes, and how these functions relate to organizational models. Depending upon the organizational assumptions used, an observer might consider the senate to be effective in governance either (a) to the extent that it efficiently considered institutional problems and, through rational processes, developed rules, regulations, and procedures that resolved them, or to the extent that, perceived as fully representative of its constituencies, it formulated and clarified goals and policies, or (c) to the extent that, through interaction in the senate forum, it developed shared values leading to consensus, But senates often appear to do none of these things well.
ACCESSION #
19284686

 

Related Articles

  • Contingent Faculty Across the Disciplines. Jacobe, Monica F. // Academe;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 92 Issue 6, p43 

    This article focuses on the increasing number of contingent faculty members, full- and part-time non-tenure-track professors, at universities around the U.S. The Coalition on the Academic Workforce, a group of higher education and disciplinary associations concerned about the dramatic rise in...

  • Edward Kennard Rand. Stocker, Arthur F. // American Scholar;Winter82-Winter83, Vol. 52 Issue 1, p89 

    Discusses the life and works of Edward Kennard Rand, professor of Latin at Harvard University from 1909 to 1942. Rand's exemplification of what he studied and taught; Embodiment of an ideal of social and intellectual virtues; Ways in which Rand was a representative product of old New England;...

  • Backers say Baylor prof faces firing for his views. Allen, Bob // Christian Century;12/27/2011, Vol. 128 Issue 26, p16 

    The article reports on the controversy surrounding the dismissal of Baylor University professor Marc Ellis in the Winter of 2011. Details are given citing Ellis' legal efforts to challenge his firing and his claims that he is being discriminated against for his political views regarding the...

  • Higher education's undercurrents. Clayton, Mark // Christian Science Monitor;1/2/2000, Vol. 93 Issue 26, p10 

    Focuses on developments in higher education in the United States as of January 2, 2001. Attempt by Boston University (BU) to increase the amount of time that tenured professors are required to spend on campus; Court decision that the University of Michigan is allowed to consider race when...

  • Looking for a Career to Change the Future? Consider Higher Education. Anderson, Noma // ASHA Leader;4/17/2007, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p16 

    The article addresses the lack of college faculty in communication sciences and disorders programs. The author states that she continues to work in higher education because she enjoys preparing future professionals in the field of communications sciences and disorders. The article discusses the...

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY.  // Academe;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 92 Issue 1, p12 

    This article reports on the effort of the California Faculty Association, which represents the faculty at the campuses of the California State University (CSU), to defeat the governor's initiatives attacking higher education, as of January 2006. It discusses the governor's initiatives,...

  • Financial Inequality in Higher Education. Thornton, Saranna // Academe;Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p21 

    This article focuses on the annual report on the Economic Status of the Profession, which focused on financial inequality in U.S. higher education. Several observations discussed in this report included increasing differences between the endowments of rich and poor institutions, between the...

  • Are You Planning and Saving for Retirement? Yakoboski, Paul // Academe;May/Jun2007, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p31 

    The article presents findings of a study on how well U.S. faculty members are taking advantage of plans and saving for retirement. The survey found that higher education faculty are more confident about their retirement preparations than individuals in the general working population. Thirty-five...

  • TAKE THE SHACKLES OFF! Nelson, Cary // Academe;Sep/Oct2007, Vol. 93 Issue 5, p79 

    The author expresses his support for the reorganization plan of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He suggested ways that will enhance its services. He said that if it wants to grow, if it wants to adapt to the evolving needs of the professorate, it must restructure. He...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics