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ERIC Number: ED350939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-22
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Student Affairs Professional: A Study of the Private Colleges in Iowa.
Baumgartner, David
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Student Affairs profession at private colleges in the state of Iowa. One hundred fifty-nine Chief Student Affairs Officers at 22 private colleges responded to a questionnaire that asked about the following items: how they spent their days (i.e., percent of time spent on student contact, administrative tasks, developing new ideas and programs, and professional development activities); salary and salary satisfaction; and feelings about the profession (special interests and likes and dislikes). Among findings was that the majority of their day was spent on student contact and administrative tasks. The majority of those responding indicated no advancement, poor salary, lack of faculty acceptance of Student Affairs as a profession, long hours, and campus politics as areas of dislike about their jobs. The single largest complaint mentioned was low salary: 60 percent of the respondents were very unsatisfied, unsatisfied or at best uncertain about their salary satisfaction level. The largest discrepancy in salary was that between men and women; men earned on average $4,000 more per year than women. The report notes that the study was successful in identifying, categorizing, and explaining specific groups and variables within the profession, and that it provides possible direction for future research or at the very least some explanations in regard to the prediction of job satisfaction. Contains 11 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa