ERIC Number: ED225459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Women and Minorities. Leaders in Transition: A National Study of Higher Education Administrators.
Moore, Kathryn M.
Career issues, educational concerns, and the professional, educational, and personal backgrounds of 2,896 senior college administrators were studied, with focus on the status of women and minorities. Women represented 20 percent of the sample; minorities, 8 percent. Women and minorities were largely registrars, librarians, and financial aid directors; men were largely presidents, chief business officers, and registrars. Of the 653 deans, 90 (13.8 percent) were women, and over half of the women deans were in the fields of nursing, home economics, arts and sciences, and continuing education. In addition, 5.5 percent of the deans were minorities. Men were more likely to hold new positions than women, and higher percentages of men held academic rank compared to women; 87.8 percent of male administrators were currently married, and 43.7 percent of the women were. Career mobility issues did not differ significantly for men and women, but slightly higher percentages of minorities and women were seeking a job change in comparison to whites and men. Minority respondents felt that major increases had taken place in their opportunities for professional advancement and personal autonomy. The greatest future concerns for both whites and minorities were student recruitment and retention. Minorities were more concerned about affirmative action than were whites, and both minorities and whites agreed that if fiscal matters deteriorated, athletics should be cut first. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Rank (Professional), Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, College Administration, Comparative Analysis, Deans, Educational Background, Educational Change, Females, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Males, Mentors, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Occupational Mobility, Sex Differences, Whites
Center for the Study of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.