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A Model for Horizontal Power Sharing and Participation in University Decision-Making

Richard W. Pollay, Ronald N. Taylor and Mark Thompson
The Journal of Higher Education
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Mar. - Apr., 1976), pp. 141-157
DOI: 10.2307/1980418
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1980418
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

Despite the acknowledged benefits of wide participation in major administrative decisions in a university, few mechanisms for securing such participation exist.The normal method is the formation of an elected or appointed committee, a relatively crude means of processing complex data on the relative preferences and minority views inherent in many educational decisions. This paper develops a five-stage model for decision-making that incorporates a faculty-opinion survey permitting almost universal expressions of opinion and preference on a complex administrative decision. This technique permits the aggregation of information produced in a way that generates alternative policies for decision-makers. It was successfully employed to reexamine the role of dean in a large university.

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