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Governance of the University: Systems Under Attack

ByAllan O. Pfnister

Few topics dealing with the status of higher education in the mid-1970s have elicited broad-ranging discussion as that of governance. The disruption in the operations of colleges and universities in the United States in the 1960s projected governance to the forefront of educational discussions. In Canada, for example, the concern over the governance of postsecondary institutions emerged with special force in the 1960s and continues to full debate in the 1970s. Clark Kerr writes that the system of governance in American colleges and universities "is in a crisis as never before." Morris Keeton has argued that the "primary justification for faculty voice in campus governance is the fact that faculty alone have the kinds and degrees of qualification essential to the task of a college or university." Characteristic of many all-institution governance structures is the Lehigh University Forum, Approved by the board of trustees in the spring of 1970, the new organization first met in the fall of 1970.