Academic Governance in Higher Education Course to be Offered Spring Semester

The intent of this course is to provide administrative professionals and graduate students the opportunity to study issues of academic governance in colleges and universities. Governance is essentially the distribution of authority for decisions. Authority for decision-making is shared on campuses, and although campuses differ markedly in how authority is distributed, any given issue may involve members of the Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, and students as well as external entities such as alumni, donors, and accrediting agencies. Students in this course will identify and evaluate mechanisms and means through which governance is accomplished.

Specifically, each student is expected to display a reasonable level of achievement in meeting each of the following objectives to:

1.            demonstrate an ability to think critically and comprehensively about the history and role of governance in the administration of colleges and universities.

2.            articulate the reasons that academic governance processes are criticized by both internal and external stakeholders.

3.            demonstrate a working knowledge of such concepts as shared governance, professional and institutional autonomy, academic freedom, administrative and professional authority, legal authority, and public accountability.

4.            understand the contribution of empirical research to efforts to identify optimum governance strategies.

5.            apply a framework for examining governance mechanisms to an actual case study.

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