ERIC Number: ED333948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Institutional Effectiveness: Examining Change among Specific Employee Groups.
One of the primary methods of assessing institutional effectiveness is through the implementation of attitudinal surveys. In fall 1988 and fall 1989, surveys were administered to all employees of Cerritos College (CC) to examine employee attitudes about the institution and to collect demographic data about respondents. Among the 691 employees who responded in fall 1988 and the 638 employees responding in fall 1989, staff classification, gender, ethnicity, and age remained relatively static. Attitudinal components of the survey consisted of positive statements about different aspects of the institution to which respondents indicated their level of agreement. Specific employee groups were examined for changes in attitudes between the two survey administrations. Study findings included the following: (1) in examining all employee groups, 8 of the 73 items in the survey were found to exhibit statistically significant changes between fall 1988 and fall 1989, all in a positive direction; (2) statistically significant change was generally noted on items corresponding to areas in which intervention by the institution had occurred within the preceding 12 to 18 months, such as student orientation and recognition of staff contributions; (3) among full-time faculty, there were two statistically significant changes in a positive direction (i.e., in questions related to shared governance and to student orientation); (4) the largest number of statistically significant changes (n=12) were observed among part-time faculty, with all occurring in a positive direction and over half related to CC's educational program or financial resources; and (5) among classified staff, there was a decline in positive attitudes about the college. The survey instrument and detailed data tables are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Change Agents, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Employee Attitudes, Faculty College Relationship, Likert Scales, Participant Satisfaction, School Effectiveness, School Personnel, School Surveys, Self Evaluation (Groups), Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cerritos College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference of the California Association of Community Colleges (Asilomar, CA, April 18-20, 1990).