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Encyclopedia > Academic administration

An academic administration is a branch of university or college employees responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the institution and separate from the faculty or academics, although some personnel may have joint responsibilities. Some type of separate administrative structure exists at almost all academic institutions, as fewer and fewer schools are governed by employees who are also involved in academic or scholarly work. Many administrators are former academics with advanced degrees who no longer teach or conduct research actively. A professor giving a lecture at the Helsinki University of Technology A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... Look up Faculty on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Faculty has several different meanings and can refer to: University faculty are the instructors and/or researchers of high standing at universities, as opposed to the students or support staff. ... Plato is credited with the inception of academia: the body of knowledge, its development and transmission across generations. ... Plato is credited with the inception of academia: the body of knowledge, its development and transmission across generations. ...

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Key responsibilities

Key administrative responsibilities (and thus administrative units) in academic institutions include:

  • Supervision of academic affairs such as hiring, promotion, tenure, and evaluation (with faculty input where appropriate);
  • Maintenance of official records (typically supervised by a registrar);
  • Library and archive management (by librarians and archivists);
  • Maintenance and construction of campus buildings (the physical plant);
  • Maintenance of the campus grounds;
  • Safety and security of people and property on the campus (often organized as an office of public safety or campus police);
  • Supervision and support of campus computers and network (information technology).
  • Fundraising from private individuals and foundations ("development" or "advancement")
  • Research administration (including grants and contract administration, and instituational compliance with federal and state regulations)
  • Public affairs (including relations with the media, the community, and local, state, and federal governments)
  • Admissions

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United States

Academic administrations are structured in various ways at different institutions and in different countries.


Presidents and chancellors

In the United States a college or university is typically supervised by a President or Chancellor who reports regularly to a Board of Trustees made up of individuals from outside the institution and serves as chief executive officer. Most large colleges and universities now utilize an administrative structure with a tier of vice presidents, among whom the Provost (or Vice President for Academic Affairs) serves as the chief academic officer. fuckwitt is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, universities, and countries. ... A University Chancellor is the title frequently used — particularly in Europe — to indicate the head of a university. ... A chief executive officer (CEO) or chief executive is the highest-ranking corporate officer or executive officer of a corporation, company, or agency. ... This article is about the higher education title of provost. ...


Dean

Deans supervise various and more specific aspects of the institution, and report directly to the president or a vice president. The division of responsibility among deans varies widely among institutions; some are chiefly responsible for clusters of academic fields (such as the humanities or natural sciences) or whole academic units (such as a graduate school or college), while others are responsible for non-academic but campus-wide concerns such as minority affairs. In some cases a provost supervises the institution's entire academic staff, occupying a position generally superior to any dean. Below deans in the administrative hierarchy are heads of individual academic departments and of individual administrative departments from groundskeeping to libraries to registrars of records. These heads (commonly styled "chairs") then supervise the staff of their individual departments. In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ... The humanities are a group of academic subjects united by a commitment to studying aspects of the human condition and a qualitative approach that generally prevents a single paradigm from coming to define any discipline. ... The term natural science as the way in which different fields of study are defined is determined as much by historical convention as by the present day meaning of the words. ... A graduate school or grad school (American English), or, in British English a postgraduate school, is a school that awards advanced degrees, with the general requirement that students must have earned an undergraduate (bachelors) degree. ... The term college (Latin collegium) is most often used today to denote an educational institution. ... The definition of a minority group can vary, depending on specific context, but generally refers to either a sub-group that does not form either a majority or a plurality of the total population, or a group that, while not necessarily a numerical minority, is disadvantaged or otherwise has less... This article is about the higher education title of provost. ...


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Academic administration - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (440 words)
An academic administration is a branch of university or college employees responsible for the maintenance and supervision of the institution and separate from the faculty or academics, although some personnel may have joint responsibilities.
Some type of separate administrative structure exists at almost all academic institutions, as fewer and fewer schools are governed by employees who are also involved in academic or scholarly work.
The division of responsibility among deans varies widely among institutions; some are chiefly responsible for clusters of academic fields (such as the humanities or natural sciences) or whole academic units (such as a graduate school or college), while others are responsible for non-academic but campus-wide concerns such as minority affairs.
Administration - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1602 words)
The word administration is from the Old English administracioun, deriving from the French administration, which is itself derived from the Latin administratio: a compounding of ad ("to") and ministratio ("to give service").
Administration is both an art and a science (if an inexact one), and arguably a craft, as administrators are judged ultimately by their performance.
Administration pendente lite, where there is a dispute as to the person entitled to probate or a general grant of letters the court appoints an administrator till the question has been decided.
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