ERIC Number: ED332644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the University Presidential Spouse as Perceived by Spouses and Chairs of Boards of Trustees at Assocication of American Universities Affiliated Institutions. Executive Summary.
Justice, Particia Ann Szymczak
The purpose of this study was to gather information on what the role of university presidential spouses should be as reported by spouses and chairs of boards of trustees at member institutions of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Data were gathered from a survey that was mailed to spouses and trustees during the summer of 1989. At that time, AAU's membership included 55 institution presidents with spouses of whom 85.5 percent returned the survey. Trustee response rate was 57.6 percent. Results revealed two major patterns of response: (1) according to both spouses and trustees, the role of the spouse should be discussed informally among the board, the spouse, and the presidential candidate during the presidential interview process, with the spouse actively participating in defining the role; (2) the response patterns support the concept that the spouse's involvement with the university should be either as a volunteer or as an employee. Response patterns of spouses from both private and public universities and the response patterns of trustees from public institutions tended to support both types of involvement, while the response patterns of trustees from private universities tended to categorize the role as that of a volunteer. The survey itself is appended. (Includes 7 references) (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Association of American Universities
Note: Summary of Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 4, 1991).