Considerations for Organizing Senior Administration and Reporting Departments at Public Universities

Topics: Organizational Structures, Administration and Finance

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Research Questions

  • What factors were considered when determining the organizational structure of peer institutions?
  • What similarities and differences exist between organization charts of peer institutions and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each structure?
  • How have organization charts at other institutions changed over time?  What drove these changes and what outcomes have been witnessed?


Several factors drive the organization of senior administrators and departments at public institutions, including institutional history, budget concerns, senior leader preferences, administrator expertise or personality, and institutional goals or missions. This report identifies common similarities and differences in organizational structures at mid-sized public institutions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages to various structures, the rationale behind each structure, and changes to each structure over time.

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