ERIC Number: ED186075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Performance Appraisal of Community College Department/Division Chairpersons: National Survey of Community College, 1978.
Thomas, Wanda E.
A national survey of community college department chairpersons was conducted in 1978 to determine: (1) the purposes, procedures, criteria, and standards used to evaluate their administrative performance; (2) their opinions about the present and the desirable components of chairperson appraisal systems; and (3) how chairpersons from various academic disciplines differed in their views of these systems. A sample of 921 chairpersons from 250 institutions that evaluate their chairpersons were selected to participate in the study; 776 responded and 454 met the pre-determined administrative criteria of the study. Data were subjected to a four-part analysis: frequency and percent determinations for survey items; a weighted comparative analysis of the responses concerning the present evaluation systems and desired ones; a stepwise discriminant analysis of response clusters to determine differences among different academic areas; and a content analysis of written evaluation policies. Results showed that although many appraisal systems had included some of the purposes, procedures, criteria, and standards identified as desirable by the chairpersons, several essential components were not being employed. For example, most chairpersons wanted a results-oriented system developed jointly by faculty, administrators, and themselves; however, a rating scale method designed solely by administrators was most common. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-10, 1980)