ERIC Number: ED122912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Maximizing Responses to a Nationwide Faculty Survey.
Cohen, Arthur M.
Study of college faculty has been hampered by the variation in types of institutions, the difficulty of obtaining an accurate faculty sample, and poor response rates to large-scale surveys. This document examines various approaches to conducting large-scale faculty surveys, and describes a suggested procedure to mitigate methodological problems. In developing the recommended procedure, six pilot tests were conducted to determine the feasibility of the methodology, the types of letters that should be sent, the person to whom these letters should be addressed, and the anticipated response rate. The pilot tests indicated that the college president is the best initial contact point, and that a high individual response rate could be achieved through the use of an on-campus facilitator. The procedures for sample selection and questionnaire administration are described, as is the application of the procedure to a nationwide survey of two-year college humanities instructors. The procedure described allows for cross-tabulations among respondents in various types of institutions while maintaining an accurate representation of the universe of institutions. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)