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ERIC Number: ED181943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Increasing the Role of Women in Community College Administration.
Loomis, Linda Jacobsen; Wild, Peggy Harrell
Society suffers from the underutilization of more than half of the talents available to educational administration because of discriminatory attitudes against women which are reinforced in the school setting. Indeed, a 1970-71 nationwide survey showed that while 67% of all public school teachers were women, women held only 15% of the school principal positions. Similarly, a study of 37 randomly selected community colleges in six states (California, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Texas, and Arizona) revealed that only 98 women held administrative positions at these colleges between 1973 and 1976. Of these, 51 were chairpersons and none were presidents. Most were in traditionally female disciplines, such as home economics and nursing, and only 20% held Doctorates of Philosophy. Discriminatory practices and attitudes contributing to this problem include invisible barriers, such as word-of-mouth recruitment techniques, and myths, such as the belief that women administrators are absent from their posts more often than males. Concrete steps should be taken to combat this situation at national, university, community college, and personal levels, e.g., support of legislation eliminating sex barriers, encouragement of women to attain advanced degrees, active recruitment of women for administrative positions, and encouragement of women to aggressively pursue administrative jobs. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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