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

Robert Birnbaum
The Journal of Higher Education
Vol. 60, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 1989), pp. 423-443
DOI: 10.2307/1982064
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1982064
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The Latent Organizational Functions of the Academic Senate: Why Senates Do Not Work But Will Not Go Away
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Abstract

Academic senates remain an important feature of higher education governance structures even though they have often been criticized as being ineffective. This article examines senates from the perspective of several alternative organizational models and suggests that the functions of the senate are best understood by considering colleges and universities as symbolic systems.

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