ERIC Number: ED307930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Women Community College Administrators.
Capozzoli, Mary Jane
In spring 1989, interviews were conducted with 10 women administrators from community colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to gain information on their characteristics, educational training, management style, career paths, and attitudes. Study findings included the following: (1) five of the participants had master's degrees, and five had doctorates; (2) the group included three deans, two assistant or associate deans, three institutional directors, one chairperson, and one assistant to an academic vice-president; (3) all but one administrator had previously worked in either business, secondary schools, or four-year colleges before coming to the community college, and seven had been employed at only one community college; (4) six began their careers as faculty members, and four as counselors; (5) seven of the participants had had mentors, and seven found networking useful; (6) though no one pointed to specific examples of discrimination on their campuses, 6 of the 10 did discern difficulties for women; (7) while four indicated that there was no difference between their management style and that of their male counterparts, five argued that a woman's management style differs from a man's; and (8) when asked to identify the traits characterizing a good administrator, seven mentioned knowledge, intelligence, and/or analytical ability, four emphasized the importance of motivating people, and three suggested being a good listener and communicator. A review of previous studies of women administrators and the list of interview questions are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Identifiers: Women Administrators