ERIC Number: ED027876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Selected Social, Economic, and Attitudinal Characteristics of the Trustees of California's Public Junior Colleges.
Sapper, Charles Kenneth
In spite of the social trust placed in junior college boards, we have no published research on the members' characteristics. Since California has led in setting up a legal basis for junior college growth, this study analyzed certain attributes of the state's trustees. Assumptions were that trustees (1) formulate basic policy, (2) act out of personal responsibility to a public trust, (3) reach decisions via personal experience and insight. Behavior research finds that people, including trustees, do not function in selfless disinterest, but within the limits of their own attitudes and experience. To gather data, the author used a questionnaire (248 responses) and conferences with 55 trustees of 12 districts. He found the following profile: the trustee is male, 40-60 years old, Republican, Protestant, white, married; has two children; is active in civic groups; has at least a B.A.; and earns $15-20,000 a year. He wants service for both more full-time and all non-transfer students continued open-door and no-tuition policies, an improved college image, more centralization, between counseling and general education, and a real change in the life of the student. His greatest task is choosing a chief administrator, his main source of advice on district problems. He is generally satisfied with his own district's program. The author discusses in detail the three major implications of this study, concerning both the advantages and shortcomings of the current socio-economic composition of the boards. (HH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Governing Boards, Individual Characteristics, Questionnaires, Trustees, Two Year Colleges
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.