Management training for community and junior college line administrative personnel : a means to instructional excellence



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The 1980's have seen an interest in reviving the quality of goods and services produced within the United States, through an application of managerial responsibilities aimed at the lower levels of the decision-making structure. This newer philosophy of managerial practice places a greater emphasis on decentralization, giving greater responsibility for the quality of the product to the ones closer to the task at hand. In the educational community, specifically the junior and community colleges, the department head, division chair, or program supervisor represent the lower-most level of administration and the ones closest to the management of the instructional process. The business and industrial communities, within the United States and abroad, have demonstrated the ability to be more productive and to produce a more quality product when applying the managerial philosophy discussed above. The United States, after years of lagging behind our competitors to the East and West, have begun advancing in terms of production and quality by discontinuing Industrial Revolution management practices and adopting a more participative form of decision-making process. The question posed in this study is whether our junior and community college line instructional managers are adequately prepared, and supported, to provide instructional program leadership. Likewise, this study looks at the issue of whether preparation and training in management skills have an affect upon the quality of instruction. [...]



Community colleges--Administration, Junior colleges--Administration, College administrators--Training of