Values and the academic organization

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Susan Colberg Macdonald (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the academic organization, in general, and the liberal arts college, in particular, within the context of institutional values and operational modes as important determining factors for organizational strength and survival. As a means of examining the academic organization and the problems and possibilities it faces in contemporary American society, three differing explorations were presented: a selective review of the literature, an exploratory essay, and a case study. The review of the literature defined the academic organization in terms of its philosophy and values, its goals and characteristics, and its structure and governance. A model was developed for an analysis of the literature that presented the various aspects of the academic organization in terms of the broader society, the organization as a whole, and the internal organizational system. The essay discussed the problems of institutional survival and presented the proposition that the major crisis facing American higher education is a crisis of values. A renewal of purpose and institutional distinctiveness through the curriculum and organizational characteristics of the liberal arts college, with an emphasis on the importance of connection between values and governance, was explored.

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Language: English
Date: 1986
Values $x Study and teaching (Higher)
Universities and colleges $x Administration
Universities and colleges $x Curricula

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