ERIC Number: ED170012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May
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A Study of Women Community College Administrators in California Community Colleges.
Wiedman, Phyllis L.
A survey of female administrators in California community colleges focused on biographical information, attitudes toward career development and issues related to being female administrators, advice to aspiring women administrators, and information about the differences between male and female administrators and about frustrations. Of California's 571 administrators, 47 were female; of these, 37 (78.7%) responded. Findings related to career development included: 95% had been in leadership positions throughout their lives; 81% had always planned a professional career, though 70% had not always planned to be administrators; both parents influenced career development; 19% said family responsibilities had delayed their career; 65% had ambitions to advance to higher positions; most respondents had male, rather than female, role models; and 65% never had a female supervisor. The survey also revealed that: 65% felt they, more than males, were required to prove their competence; 65% felt an advantage in being female, though 68% said at times it had been a disadvantage; 46% reported that their family circumstances had been taken into consideration by potential employers; and 35% felt they had been turned down for positions because they were female. Aspiring administrators were advised of the need for diverse experience and training, the desirability of a doctorate, and the need to actively seek leadership roles. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California