Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs


Fern D. Stout

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The university presidents, as chief administrators of a complex institution, must deal with a variety of problems: buildings, money, organization, legal provisions, educational programs, and people. Campbell points out that school administration also deals with the values, beliefs, and feelings of people. Unfortunately, there is little assistance from research upon which the presidents can rely in dealing with the human elements involved in university administration, and to a large extent people are the crucial elements in administration. People within the university structure, and outside, have varying and often conflicting expectations of how the university presidents should act. The presidents themselves also have a concept of their role. On the other hand, their self-concept might lead presidents to pursue one line of action; on the other, they must take into consideration the expectations of other individuals or groups if they are to operate the institutions smoothly. Situations often arise which become issues, and pressures from many groups are brought to bear upon the presidents to act in accordance with the groups' expectations. Some groups have latent expectations which may not be known overtly; but, if not considered, they may erupt to create problems following the formulation of decisions. While it would be desirable to secure information about expectations of the presidents' behavior from all kinds of groups, both those within the universities and those outside, this study will limit itself to groups within the organization.

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Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy

First Committee Member (Chair)

Patrick D. Lynch

Second Committee Member

Charles Woodhouse

Third Committee Member

Frank Angel