ERIC Number: ED332760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
A Qualitative Assessment: Community College Administrator Opinions Concerning Their Choice of Employment Location.
Williams, John; Noel, Karen
In April 1990, a survey was conducted of 3,800 two-year college administrators nationwide to ascertain the factors influencing their choice of location for administrative positions both before and after they received their doctoral degrees. The survey instrument consisted of 13 close-ended questions and one open-ended question. Over 80% of the administrators surveyed returned completed questionnaires. Responses to the open-ended questions were compiled and analyzed for the content and frequency of occurrence of opinions and keywords. Study findings included the following: (1) 70% of the total line-space in the open-ended section addressed issues of education, 38% included a discussion of career issues, and 10% reflected concerns about job location; (2) in the open-ended section, positive commentaries regarding the benefits of doctoral education outweighed negative commentaries by a ratio of more than 8 to 1; (3) the majority of respondents felt that "geographic location" played a major role in the personal decision-making with regard to place of employment; (4) among the issues discussed as moderating variables affecting choices of employment and training location were fiscal constraints, academic issues, job availability, work experience, ethnicity, political conditions, and family issues; and (5) in the opinion of most administrators, the location of institutions granting doctorates to two-year college administrators is a limiting factor in the subsequent choice of employment location. Summaries of open-ended responses regarding location and positive and negative moderators, and key-word frequency tables are appended. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Employment Location
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (72nd, Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).