ERIC Number: ED224369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Problem Areas and Employment Practices That Discriminate against Minorities and Women.
Yi, Peggy S.; Howard, Richard D.
The methodology used by West Virginia University (WVU) to identify areas of potential discrimination in hiring practices is described. WVU uses the mathematical method suggested in the U.S. Department of Labor's "1979 Guide to Fair Employment Practices" to monitor faculty hiring and to determine discriminatory hiring practices. This standard, which is constant for all disciplines, is an index reflecting the ratio of the percent of minorities or women hired to the percent of nonminorities or men hired. Specifically, if this ratio is found to be less than .80, there is probable cause for further investigation of hiring practices. The following types of data are collected annually: title of position vacancy, source from which the candidate learned of the vacancy, number of applicants by race and sex for each vacancy, and race and sex of the individual hired for each position filled. The data collection instrument, WVU Affirmative Action Recruitment Activity Record, is appended, along with information on the format for coding the data for keypunching. Data analyses are undertaken using a SAS program, also appended, which analyzes the university as a whole and the hiring procedure of each college. The results of the analyses are presented to the Affirmative Action Office in the form of tables, an example of which is included. In addition to the computer analyses, a summary sheet is developed to present an overall picture of the university's hiring practices as well as those of each college/school. A summary table for March 1978-August 1979 is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Desegregation, College Faculty, Compliance (Legal), Data Collection, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Evaluation Methods, Faculty Integration, Faculty Recruitment, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Minority Groups, Personnel Policy, Personnel Selection, Racial Discrimination, Research Methodology, Sex Discrimination, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: West Virginia University
Note: This paper was identified by a joint project of the Institute on Desegregation at North Carolina Central University and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education at The George Washington University. The paper was also presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Institutional Research (Louisville, KY, 1980).