Organization and Administration of Higher Education
Educational Leadership Office, Suite 222
Monday/Thursday 2:30- 5 p.m.
Tuesday Noon-2:00 p.m.
This course is designed to give the students an overview of organization and structure of institutions of higher education. The focus will be on public/private, two-year, four year, and comprehensive colleges and universities. Emphasis is given to understanding the internal/external conditions under which higher education leaders must function.
To understand the theory of organization.
To understand the different types of organizational structures of higher education at the state level.
To understand the impact the state level of organization has on the local level.
To understand a variety of models or organization at the local level.
To understand how colleges and universities differ from business and industry.
Students will become knowledgeable of the missions and objectives of various types of higher education institutions.
2. Students will become knowledgeable of the administrative roles and
responsibilities of academic and nonacademic administrators.
3. Students will become knowledgeable of roles of faculty and students in
college and university governance.
4. Students will become knowledgeable of the internal/external forces under
which the institutions function.
Students will develop an understanding of the organizational theories and
styles of leadership and efficiency and effectiveness of values as they apply
to higher education.
Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the financing of
Public and private institutions and the legal and political issues faced by
Students will develop an understanding of administering academic programs including academic administration, faculty governance models, and personal issues including selection, evaluation, promotion and tenure, salaries, and professional development.
Students will develop an understanding of personnel administration, including recruitment, selection, annual performance evaluation, promotion and tenure, and professional development program.
1. Required Reading
Weingartner, Rudolph H., Fitting Form to Function A Primer on the
organization of Academic Institutions
Weekly Higher Education Update
Every week, each class member should prepare and provide the class with a brief update on a current issue impacting higher education during the past week (frequently drawn from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education or a popular media source). Twenty to thirty minutes of each class will be devoted to updates and discussion of issues presented. Weekly higher education updates should:
Introduce and clarify the topic/issue at hand,
Identify important sub-issues for higher education practitioners,
Raise pertinent questions regarding the impact of the issue on higher education, and
Relate issue to other relevant course issue/topic.
3. Case Study
Develop a case study on an “administrative challenge” that occurred within
the higher education community. (Format for the case study will be passed
out in class.)
4. Reaction Paper
Student will complete a 2-3 page reaction paper responding to a topic of
class discussion of their choosing. These papers should contain a
personal analysis and reaction to a specific issue raised in class. Sources to
support the analysis are encouraged. The focus of the reaction paper should
be why the issue is important to higher education management practice and
how it impacts or could impact you in your present or intended future work
or intended audience. Students are encouraged to use a practical format for
this assignment which will reflect a realistic professional competence such
a letter to the editor expressing an opinion or stance on an issue, a letter expressing concern/opinion/stance on an issue to an appropriate individual or governing bodies in the institution
(President, VP, Board of Regents, Student Government, etc.) a memorandum to your supervisor (current or future) explaining rationale/stance on an issue impacting your area of responsibility.
Interview a university/college administrator at the Dean or above level in a public/private, two/four year institution
Develop a model university for one of the following and include 1) institutional philosophy; 2) organization design including staffing pattern; and 3) budget to support the organization design:
A public comprehensive university with 10,000 students,
3,000 living in campus residence halls.
A private university with 3,000 students, 1,000 living in campus residence halls.
A public community college with 8,000 students.
D. A private community college with 2,5000 students, 700
Living in campus residence halls.
Exams and Final Project
The plus(+), minus(-) grading system will be used.
Students are expected to be in class and will be held accountable for all material presented in the course. If for any reason, you are unable to attend a class session, please let the instructor know in advance.