Models of Academic Governance and Institutional Power in Southern Baptist Related Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

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Title: Models of Academic Governance and Institutional Power in Southern Baptist Related Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities
Author: Garrison, Michael
Advisor: Williams, Dennis E.
Abstract: The purpose of this descriptive-quantitative study was to examine which

models of academic governance are utilized by Southern Baptist related liberal arts

colleges and universities. Special attention was given to the distribution of institutional

power among seventeen campus leadership groups or power holders. Using J. Victor

Baldridge's models of academic governance (i.e., bureaucratic, political, and collegial),

the study produced data of which models are most utilized on Southern Baptist related

colleges and universities across the United States.

The research additionally conducted a replica study of Edward Gross and Paul

Grambsch's 1974 research on the distribution of institutional power in secular, nonreligious

academic institutions. Gross and Grambsch's study produced ordinal data

concerning which campus leadership group had the most and the least institutional

power. The replica study was performed on Southern Baptist related colleges and

universities. The findings of each were then compared identifying key similarities and

differences between the two samples.

The findings proved that similarities do exist between secular and Southern

Baptist related institutions in regards to the three top power holders, the role and power of

the faculty, and how academic leaders rank below administrators. Significant differences

also exist between secular and Southern Baptist related institutions in the heightened

influence of denominational leaders and financial donors and the minimal influence of

state and federal government in campus decision making.

KEYWORDS: academic governance models; institutional power; Christian colleges;

Christian universities; Edward Gross, Paul V. Grambsch, J. Victor Baldridge, Southern

Baptist related; International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities;

bureaucratic; collegial; political

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3806
Date: 2009-06

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