An organizational development program for academic departments and divisions at community and junior colleges

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John Frederick Poetzinger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Chiranji Lal Sharma

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework for a comprehensive organizational development (OD) program to improve administrative and organizational functioning of academic departments and divisions at community and junior colleges. The basic approach employed in designing the OD program was to synthesize data obtained by surveying educators at community and junior colleges with data obtained through a review of the literature concerning OD. A questionnaire, Organizational Development Survey Instrument for Academic Departments/Divisions (ODSIADD), was administered to the membership of the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (NCSPOD), an Affiliate Council of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Two hundred ninety-one of 681 survey instruments were returned, representing a response rate of 42.7 percent. Respondents indicated a preference for an OD program for academic departments and divisions which would: (a) enhance the utilization of human resources; (b) reflect a normative value system encouraging humanistic treatment of individuals; (c) be action research oriented; (d) involve upper-level administrative units in conjunction with academic departments/ divisions; (e) be continuous and ongoing; (f) use the services of an internal change agent (consultant); (g) select external change agents, if employed, from outside the college, rather than merely external to the academic department or division.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Community colleges $x Administration
Junior colleges $x Administration
Organizational change $x Education

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