Academic journal article Researchers World

Effectiveness of Middle Level Managers of State Universities and Colleges in Cagayan Valley, Philippines

Academic journal article Researchers World

Effectiveness of Middle Level Managers of State Universities and Colleges in Cagayan Valley, Philippines

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ABSTRACT

The study aimed to assess the correlates of the effectiveness of middle-level managers of State Universities and Colleges in Cagayan Valley.The study which was designed as a descriptive research used the researcher made questionnaire to determine the effectiveness of the middlelevel managers. To ascertain their leadership styles, the study used the Blake and Mouton's Managerial Grid Questionnaire.

The correlates of the effectiveness of middle level managers were the total number of teaching hours per week, articles written/published, membership in professional and community organizations and age.

Several problems had been noted adversely affecting the effectiveness of the middle-level managers in the exercise of their managers functions. The most serious ones include the inadequate budget, presence of school personnel with vested interest, uncooperative school personnel, school site ownership problem, vandalism on school facilities and projects, poor communication and management information system, lack of understanding and support from the top-level management, remote school site relative to the population center, high rate of students' drop-out irrelevant course offerings, and enrolment competition with private schools. To remedy these problems, the author presented some recommendations to improve management effectiveness.

Keywords: Middle-level Managers, Effectiveness, Management Skills, Leadership Style, Correlates

INTRODUCTION:

In this age of change and innovations, the educational system of any society is in need of school managers who are not only efficient and effective, but also capable of designing and maintaining an environment conducive to the performance of individuals who are working together in groups towards the accomplishment of some pre-selected objectives (Koontz, et al, 1981). This is the challenge that every managers of today faces.

The recent policies for higher education, as well as the rapid technological and social changes, have placed new responsibilities on colleges and universities. This necessitates a serious look into the management aspect of academic institution so that they could fully contribute to the development of the society.

But it is a sad fact that effective managers are the basic and limited resources of any enterprise. Statistics show that within a period of the first two years, one half of the new business establishments started to go out of business. By the end of five years only one third of the original one hundred remain in operation (Terry, 1960). Most of the failures are attributed to ineffective leadership. This problem is not confined to private business enterprises but it is also true in government agencies. Ironically, the need for managerial talent is more pressing to nation that are facing difficulties in economic development for most of " the chief problem is not the lack of knowledge about how best to employ it" ( Talingdan, 1966). One authority once said, "If any single factor in the key for unlocking the force of economic growth in the underdeveloped areas of the world, the factor is management" (Robock, 2005).

Having this in mind and with the experience encountered, the writer is inspired to conduct a study on the effectiveness of middle-level managers of State Universities and Colleges in Cagayan Valley, Philippines. Furthermore, the current thrust of higher education is to provide world class graduates and this can only be achieved if these schools are effectively managed with standard requirements needed to strengthen and improve instruction, hence the study. As Tanner and Tanner mentioned, in profession whether medicine, law, dentistry, social work or education, the development of the field itself is an important part of professional knowledge. The writer holds the responsibility and willingness to show his findings in the effectiveness of middle-level managers in the area of managers in the area of management, supervision, faculty and human relations practices and other related factors of the deans in all State Universities in Cagayan Valley, Philippines. …

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