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Title:Perceptions and preferences on institutional decision-making of the faculty of North-West Frontier Province Agricultural University, Pakistan
Author(s):Asrar, Mohammad
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Fley, Jo Ann
Department / Program:Education, Administration
Education, Adult and Continuing
Education, Agricultural
Discipline:Education, Administration
Education, Adult and Continuing
Education, Agricultural
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Education, Adult and Continuing
Education, Agricultural
Abstract:The first purpose which guided this study was to determine the perceptions of the present personnel at NWFP Agricultural University, Pakistan regarding the past and present use of models of decision making and their preferences for future decision making. The university was created in 1981 and six years later it was merged with the older and larger provincial agricultural research system. In view of the different traditions, governance, and procedures used in the two systems before merger, investigation of decision making before and after merger as well as preferred future models of decision making seemed necessary and was assumed to be one indicator of the extent to which integration of staff has taken place since 1986. Three models of decision making were used: the bureaucratic, collegial, and political models. Four areas were examined; the institution-in-general, budget and finance, educational and research programs, and personnel. Data for this part of the study were gathered by a questionnaire which was developed and administered to a sample of 375 professional staff.
The second purpose of this study was to examine the progress and problems of the 1986 merger. The data for this part of the study were collected through on-site interviews with a stratified sample of the questionnaires' respondents (N = 35).
The study indicated that all staff--teachers from the main campus and researchers from the research stations--perceived most use of the political model at present, but preferred most use of the collegial model in the future in all domains of decisions. All staff perceived Dean as the most influential position. However, the teaching faculty preferred most influence for the position of the Director, and the research faculty preferred most and equal influence of the positions of the Faculty and Vice Chancellor. The study further indicated that nearly all staff agree on the mission and goals of the new merged university, but there are certain barriers such as different service structures for the teaching and research faculty, which need resolution before complete integration of the two groups can take place.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Asrar, Mohammad
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114165
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114165

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