ERIC Number: ED245629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Work Orientation of University Mid-Level Administrators: Commitment to Work Role, Institution, and Career. ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
Austin, Ann E.
The commitment of administrators to the work role, the institution, and the career was studied using data from a survey and interviews of mid-level administrators at a large research university. A total of 256 administrators responded to the survey, and 6 participated in followup interviews. Approximately 80 percent of the respondents were found to be primarily committed to the university where employed or the position held. The nature and intensity of reasons for commitment to the work role, the institution, and the career were examined. The mid-level administrators rated their commitment to the university and to their positions more highly than their commitment to a career in higher education. Important reasons for commitment were autonomy, pride, recognition and prestige, and interesting people and colleagues. The interviews provided additional insight into these reasons. It was found that many of the mid-level administrators apparently did not work closely or interact frequently with either faculty members or students. Three orientation groups--university-oriented, career-oriented, and position-oriented--differed in the patterns of linkages contributing to their commitment to their work. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).