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Educational Research Information Center (ERIC) Trends are analyses of higher education literature contained in the ERIC database, describing major concerns in institutional practice. A large percentage of the literature from 1999-2000 on administration describes the common themes of presidential leadership, leadership/management styles, administrator stress and role confusion, lack of training for administrators, and surveys of staff or faculty in different positions examining role alteration. Important trends reflected in the literature on administration include: (1) management fads; (2) commercialization; (3) privatization; (4) determining priorities; (5) human interaction; (6) mediation; (7) planning; (8) legal issues; (9) diversity; (10) assessment; (11) technology; and (12) collaboration. These trends demonstrate the need to reconcile corporate and academic values. Performance assessment, planning, and legal issues reflect the rise of corporate values, whereas human interaction, diversity, collaboration, and mediation represent the traditional values of the academy. The current literature on administration reflects an attempt to blend these values. Although there is a significant amount of literature discussing these themes, little, if any, research has been conducted on the impact of blending these values or on strategies for resolving tensions. The administration of the university has become the seat of the battle over what the university of the 21st century will look like. (Contains 31 references.) (EMS)

Descriptors: Administrators, College Administration, Cooperation, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Privatization, Trend Analysis, Values

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Author: Kezar, Adrianna J.


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