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What is the difference between a dean at a university and a dean at a high school, if any?

Question #74149. Asked by synlar.

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"In academic administration, a dean is a person with significant authority."

The biggest difference would probably lie in the age difference of the students...each student body requiring a bit of a different approach.


Jan 04 2007, 2:47 PM
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Dean at a high school is an appointed position, but does not have any authority over the school, that is left for the schoolmaster or principal.

Jan 04 2007, 4:15 PM
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Deans at colleges and universities are also appointed, most often from the ranks of the faculty. However, a dean in higher education is generally the chief administrative officer of some portion of the institution -- the College of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, the Graduate School, etc.

As zbeck's site mentions, a dean at a high school whether public or private is more likely to handle disciplinary issues. The dean of students at the high school I attended also oversaw extracurricular activities, academic problems and probation, and notified parents regarding student illnesses and injuries.

Jan 04 2007, 5:16 PM
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Having never attended either high school or college, I wouldn't know from firsthand experience, but any desk reference or online dictionary could easily answer this question.

Main Entry:dean
Etymology:Middle English deen, from Anglo-French deen, deien, from Late Latin decanus chief of ten, from Greek dekanos, from deka ten — more at TEN
Date:13th century

1 a : the head of the chapter of a collegiate or cathedral church b : a Roman Catholic priest who supervises one district of a diocese
2 a : the head of a division, faculty, college, or school of a university b : a college or secondary school administrator in charge of counseling and disciplining students
3 : DOYEN 1
–dean intransitive verb
–dean£ship -*ship noun

In junior high it was the person you got sent to if you misbehaved. Our dean of girls was aptly named "Mrs. Cannon."

Jan 08 2007, 12:01 AM
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