This paper models the impact of the expansion of professional education at liberal arts colleges on faculty governance. It diverges from prior studies that have examined institutional resource allocation, by modeling the impact of changing enrollment patterns on the institution. The analysis focuses upon how the movement to a demand based educational commodity alters the composition of the faculty and the corresponding impact on institutional influence. Specifically, it demonstrates that combining general education core requirements with an administrative strategy that allocates new and replacement faculty lines only to areas where class-size is increasing, has altered the representative nature of faculty governance. Before the expansion of professional schools within liberal arts colleges, the relative faculty size and thus the institutional influence of each area roughly paralleled the allocation of students within majors. This resulted in faculty governance being representative of the educational interests of both faculty and student stakeholders. However, the expansion of professional schools in the 1980’s disturbed this balance at liberal arts institutions. This paper traces why professional school faculty were challenged to achieve a voice proportionate to the student interests they represent. Additionally, it demonstrates how the adoption of market driven staffing policies, while helping to maintain enrollment and thus the financial health of a liberal arts college, can compromise the value of faculty governance, and impact the intellectual life of the college.
|Keywords:||Market Driven Staffing, Faculty Governance, Administrative Strategy, Enrollment Patterns|
Associate Professor, Finance, School of Business, Siena College, Loudonville, New York, USA
Professor, Marketing and Management, School of Business, Siena College, Loudonville, New York, USA
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