COLLECTIVE BARGAINING'S IMPACT UPON FACULTY PARTICIPATION IN ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE WITHIN THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

FRANCIS JOHN MUSKA, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to provide a clearer understanding of the role collective bargaining plays in public higher education by examining its influence upon faculty participation in governance decision making.^ The decision to examine the impact of collective bargaining upon faculty participation in governance matters grew out of the current legal and economic upheaval facing both private and public higher education.^ The population chosen for this investigation was composed of the academic and administrative community within the Connecticut State University system. The sample included 260 randomly selected individuals representing the university system's administration and faculty.^ Data collection was accomplished through a mail survey and follow-up interviews.^ The Faculty Participation Questionnaire (an instrument drawn from a recent dissertation on governance) was modified and used to compare survey participant perceptions concerning the amount of influence faculty exercise over governance decisions with respect to three separate time frames: the past level--before collective bargaining, the present level--with collective bargaining, and the desired level--the ideal situation.^ Therefore, in accordance with the theory presented in the collective bargaining literature, the following research questions were explored:^ That statistically significant differences will be found amoung the perceptions of institutional administrators, knowledgeable faculty, key educational labor leaders, and the general teaching faculty in the Connecticut State University system with respect to the past, present, and desired levels of faculty participation exercised over academic decisions, personnel decisions and economic (terms and conditions) decisions.^ When significant differences were identified among participant perceptions, a follow-up interview schedule was developed to ascertain the reasons for such differences.^ The results from this investigation indicate that collective bargaining within the Connecticut State University system has had a direct and positive impact upon the amount of influence faculty exert over personnel decisions, wages and workload decisions, and working condition decisions. . . . (Author's abstract exceeds stipulated maximum length. Discontinued here with permission of author.) UMI ^

Subject Area

Educational administration

Recommended Citation

MUSKA, FRANCIS JOHN, "COLLECTIVE BARGAINING'S IMPACT UPON FACULTY PARTICIPATION IN ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE WITHIN THE CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM" (1984). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8409264.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8409264

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