Governing Councils’ Activities on Staff and Students Personnel Management in Federal and State Universities in the North Central States, Nigeria From 2003 - 2013

Tsav, Stephen Aondoana


This study was designed to examine the activities of Governing Councils on staff and students personnel in the Management of federal and state Universities in the North-central States, Nigeria. The study adopted a descriptive survey design. The population of the study was 1827, made up of 163 governing council members, 1292 senate members, 98 ASUU executive members, 90 SSANU executive members, 83 NASU executive members and 101 SUG executive members, from the 11 public funded  Universities of federal and states in the north-central states, Nigeria. The sample of the study was 374 consisting of 33 governing Council members, 271 Senate members, 53 Staff union executive members and 17 SUG executive members representing 20.5% of the population, drawn using proportionate stratified random sampling technique from 6 public funded Universities of Federal and States in the North-Central States, Nigeria. The instruments for data collection were a 10 item structured questionnaire titled: Governing Councils’ Activities and University Management Questionnaire (GCAUMQ), Interview Schedule and FGD Guide. The response options for the questionnaire items in clusters A & B were; Very High Extent (VHE), High Extent (HE), Low Extent (LE), and Very Low Extent (VLE) with numerical values of 4,3,2 and 1 points respectively. The instruments were validated by three experts. Cronbach Alpha method was used to determine the internal consistency of the questionnaire items. The reliability indices of the clusters were 0.85 and 0.79 for clusters A &B respectively. The overall reliability coefficient was 0.82. The researcher with the help of 5 research assistants administered copies of the questionnaire and also conducted interview and FGD. Data collected were presented using descriptive statistics while t-test was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The data from interviews and FGD were qualitatively analyzed. The major findings were; There was no significant difference in the mean ratings of senate members and staff union executives of federal and state universities on the extent, the governing council activities influenced staff personnel administration at (3.05, 2.91); the council and senate members in federal and state universities significantly differed in their mean responses on the extent that the governing councils activities affected the student personnel administration at (3.61, 2.77). It was recommended among others that governing councils of federal and state universities should follow due process in the recruitment, appointment and promotion of staff; governing councils of universities at federal and state should not intimidate or harass SUG leadership on matters affecting student body. Again student should not be discriminated against on admission matters on the basis of ethnic and state of origin considerations.


Keywords: Governing Councils, Activities, University Management, Staff and Student Personnel Administration

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