Research in Higher Education

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 295–307 | Cite as

The relationship of institutional size and complexity to faculty autonomy: A reconsideration and caution

  • George Ecker


Recent review and criticism of the role of size as a variable in the study of organizations prompts a reconsideration of the casual role attributed to size in the study of colleges and universities. Literature relating institutional size to faculty autonomy is reviewed and critiqued. Secondary analyses using multiple regression techniques are conducted on data from the Stanford Project on Academic Governance. Results show that the causal role of size in the determination of faculty autonomy in colleges and universities is modest, when other variables are controlled. Methodological difficulties in the study of size in colleges and universities are discussed.

Key words

institutional size faculty autonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Ecker
    • 1
  1. 1.Academic Faculty of Educational AdministrationThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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