ERIC Number: ED214490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of AASCU Presidential Spouses: Myths and Realities.
Ostar, Roberta H.; Ryan, Cathryn
Spouses of presidents and chancellors at public colleges and universities belonging to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), were surveyed in 1981 to provide a factual basis for program discussions by spouses at future annual meetings and summer councils, and to validate some assumptions and dismiss some myths about the spouses. AASCU has had a professional program for spouses since 1974. The survey included questions dealing with description of the spouse's institution; statistics on the spouse, including the percentages of salaried or voluntary careers; housing arrangements; the host role; and the relationship of the spouse and the governing board. Of the 314 spouses who were mailed questionnaires, responses are analyzed for 42 percent. All respondents except one were female, and almost half were in the 50 to 60 age group. Responses indicated the diversity of orientations of the spouses, from those who considered being the president's spouse their full-time volunteer career to those who definitely did not. More than one-third stated that they had a salaried or paid career. Nearly two-thirds were required to live in a university-owned house. Of those not living in a university-owned house, more than half received some housing allowance. Presidents and spouses living in their own homes hosted only one-third fewer university functions than did their counterparts living in university-owned homes. Hosting services were not provided to spouses in proportion to the number of events hosted, but were related more directly to the type of housing. About one-half of the spouses felt that the board has a clear perception of the president's spouse's role and that these perceptions concurred with their own. A questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: College Housing, College Presidents, Employment Experience, Family Involvement, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Participant Characteristics, Place of Residence, Professional Associations, Responsibility, Spouses, Volunteers
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036 ($l.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.