ERIC Number: ED174092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Capturing Institutional Vitality. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Ebben, James; Maher, Tom
Siena Heights College conducted a number of projects designed to enhance institutional vitality through support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Institutional vitality is viewed as involving: a clearly designed and accepted mission for the unit in question; direction, attainable goals, and programs that enable fulfillment of the mission; and a climate that enpowers individuals to be participants. Vitality is concerned with the socio-psychological well-being and enhancement of the individuals within the organization. A strategy for monitoring the morale in the institution, interpersonal relationships, and working conditions is built around Likert's Organizational Survey Profile. The survey is designed to examine coordination, communication, satisfaction, and leadership. The instrument was distributed to faculty, staff, and administrators in 1977, 1978, and 1979. Data yield an incomplete picture, which needs to be supplemented by ongoing anthropological assessment of the institution. Such an approach could present a contextual framework within which to organize the data that appear to be relevant to an understanding of institutional vitality. Questions that need to be examined for a general understanding in institutional vitality are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Role, Communication (Thought Transfer), Conference Reports, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Evaluation, Interprofessional Relationship, Organizational Climate, Teacher Morale
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Siena Heights College MI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)