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ERIC Number: ED254113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Values Inventory: A Process for Clarifying Institutional Culture.
Whitcomb, David B.; Deshler, David
The use of the Values Inventory to clarify institutional identity at California State University, Long Beach, is described. The inventory was used as part of a project that sought to: (1) identify institutional values shaping decision-making: and (2) promote awareness of value issues in higher education. The Values Inventory was used to interview 83 faculty and staff about perceptions of institutional culture, values, and issues. The open-ended interview responses were content analyzed and the following themes emerged: commitment to the institution, unity/community, humanistic values, academic quality, educational opportunity, academic freedom, ethical values, and institutional identity. Qualitative data from the inventory were also analyzed for metaphoric content. It was estimated that at least 65 percent of the metaphors found in the interview transcripts involved emotive ventilation. While about 75 percent of the metaphors were rated as having negative application to the primary subjects, about 20 percent were positive, and about 5 percent were neutral. It is concluded that the inventory is useful to administrators as a barometer of organizational culture, as catalyst for value-laden dialogue, and as a bridge to new perceptions for the university. The interview guide is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: California State University Long Beach; Values Inventory