ERIC Number: ED229084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Quality and Vitality.
Ramsey, June K.
In 1980 and 1982, surveys were conducted at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) to gauge the perceptions of full-time, academic transfer faculty with respect to actual and preferred program emphases, and to determine their level of job satisfaction. Responses from 56% of the instructors surveyed in 1980 (N=81) and 55% in 1982 (N=74) revealed that over 68% of the respondents were male, almost all were over 30, and over 98% held a master's or doctoral degree. While faculty felt that the greatest program emphasis was on financial aid to the academically disadvantaged in 1980 and to the academically talented in 1982, in both years they felt that the greatest emphasis should be placed on insuring academic standards. In 1980, the greatest differences between actual and preferred emphases were in the areas of programs for the academically talented, entrance requirements, and opportunities for faculty research; whereas in 1982, differences were apparent with respect to study skills and habits and gap between current and preferred emphasis on faculty research had increased. In both surveys, faculty expressed the highest level of satisfaction with the kind of work they did, their degree of job security, and amount of responsibility, and the lowest degree of satisfaction with their salary, institutional policies and practices, and opportunities for advancement. In 1982, the strengths of PJC were seen as its open admissions policy and program variety, while administrative communication was seen as an area needing attention. (DAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pensacola Junior College FL
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (Jacksonville, FL, November 17-22, 1982).