ERIC Number: ED231258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Individual Characteristics, Institutional Affiliation and Productivity: A Case for Review of Funding Policies.
Blair, Billie G.
To determine whether the current concentration of funding awards to faculty at top ranked institutions is justifiable, the individual characteristics of faculty and productivity characteristics were analyzed by institutional type. Based on American Council on Education 1972-1973 data, a stratified sample of 2,530 faculty who held Ph.D.s and were employed at 301 American four-year institutions were studied. The Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education was used to classify the institutions as either "top 60,""second-tier," or "other." Attention was directed to predegree background factors (e.g., sex, age, race, and parents' education); preaffiliation academic factors; career goal elements (e.g., tenure, salary, rank, teaching/research time factors); and attitudes. Individual background data did not effectively predict institutional affiliation. However, institutions had an important effect on the professional placement and growth of academics. Productive individuals, wherever they were employed, were found to have similar characteristics. It is suggested that the findings support the view that funding should be more broadly-based in order to promote excellence in individuals regardless of institution of affiliation. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).