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Crisis Management in Tertiary Institutions

– Crisis Management in Tertiary Institutions –

ABSTRACT  

This study is an investigative and explorative approach to the management of the crisis in Federal University of Technology Minna from 1992 – 2002. The study was conducted using selected objectives, which include the following: 

  1. Attempting to investigate the existence or otherwise of communication between management, staff, and students.
  2. Finding out if a delay in action by management has aggravated the crisis.
  3. Attempting to find out if staff and students have been involved in policy or decision making.

Both primary and secondary data were obtained. The various groups on campus provided the primary data. The Secondary data was obtained from files in relevant offices of the University like the security, student affairs, and the Registrar’s office. Information was also sourced from union files. Data obtained from both sources were analyzed using simple descriptive statistics (frequency and percentages) summarized in figures and tables.

From the results, it was clear that issues like underfunding of University, disharmony among the University management especially between internal and external Council members, breakdown of, and inadequate collective bargaining between staff and management, insecurity on one hand, and lack of dialogue between students and management on the other hand. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page – – – – – – – – – – i
Certification – – – – – – – – – – ii
Declaration – – – – – – – – – – iii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgement – – – – – – – – – v
List of Figures and Tables – – – – – – – – vi
Table of Contents – – – – – – – – – vii
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – ix

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.0 Background to the problem – – – – – – – 1
1.1 Statement of the Problem – – – – – – – 3
1.2 Aims and objectives of the study – – – – – – 7
1.3 Hypothesis to be Tested – – – – – – – 8
1.4 Scope of the study – – – – – – – – 8
1.5 Significance of the study – – – – – – – 5
1.6 Methodology – – – – – – – – – 10
1.7 Definition of some key Concepts – – – – – – 12
Reference – – – – – – – – – – 15

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.0 Introduction – – – – – – – – – 16
2.1. Conceptual Definition and Understanding of Crisis, conflict and Disaster – 17
2.2. Nature of Crisis/Disaster – – – – – – – 19
2.3. Causes of crisis in the public sector – – – – – – 21
2.4. Method to Tackle Crisis/Disaster – – – – – – 22
2.5 Committee System in Institutional
Administration as a Tool for Crisis Management – – – – 24
2.6 Theoretical Frame work – – – – – – – 31
2.7 Empirical Example – – – – – – – – 34
References – – – – – – – – – – 36

CHAPTER THREE: HISTORY OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND CRISIS
MANAGEMENT
3.0 History of Higher Education in Nigeria – – – – – 38
3.1 Management of Students Crisis in Nigeria Universities – – – 39
References – – – – – – – – – – 46

CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA
4.1 Introduction – – – – – – – – – 47
4.2 Organization of Chapters – – – – – – – 48
4.3 Hypothesis One – – – – – – – – 48
4.4 Hypothesis Two – – – – – – – – 51
References – – – – – – – – – – 56

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.0 Introduction – – – – – – – – – 57
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – – – 57
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – 58
5.3 Recommendations – – – – – – – – 60
Bibliography – – – – – – – – – – 63

INTRODUCTION  

It is no longer news that our tertiary institutions are crisis-ridden and this crisis has affected the quality of education in the country.

What can be considered news is how the administrators of our tertiary institutions have been able to manage these crises to ensure the survival of our educational institutions.

Conflict is an inevitable feature of any complex human organization. However, since conflict cannot be avoided it should be minimized and not allowed to linger for a long time when they occur.

This can only be ensured through effective management techniques. The Nigerian Universities just like any other complex human organization have their objectives and goals spelt out in decrees establishing them.

Amongst the goals of our Universities are teaching, research, and public service, and recently the Universities of Technology were established to give effect to the various drive for the much-needed self-reliance in Science, Engineering, and Technology of the country.

As stated earlier Nigerian Universities are complex human organizations with their inherent problems arising from the formal and informal interactions between the various groups in the system.

These groups through this interaction tend to promote their individual or group interest and where groups will not allow the spirit of giving and taking to prevail conflict emanates.

Prominent groups on our universities campuses are the Academic Staff union, the junior staff union, the Senior staff association of  Nigeria universities and AUSTON, and the Students Union under which we have various departmental associations, clubs, state associations, religious and even tribal associations.

The University Management also constitutes an interest group, especially where the Management is seen to be working in harmony. 

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