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ERIC Number: ED256190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 7
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Data Feedback: A Change Tool for Improving the Quality of Work Life in Institutions of Higher Education.
Howard, Suzanne
Factors that contributed to the demoralization of junior faculty at a university with 214 teaching and professional staff were identified and change strategies were recommended. A consultant held interviews with 65 current and 8 former staff members. Themes that emerged from the interviews were used to develop suggestions for improving specific work situations. Findings from the interviews were presented by the consultant to the university through seven 2-hour working sessions. The feedback sessions made it possible to share responsibility for interpreting the findings, to exchange feelings and perceptions, and to make and implement decisions that could bring about change. The groups taking part in the sessions were a mixture of department chairs, junior faculty, women and men, professional staff, and teaching faculty. A report on the themes and discussion topics were distributed to those who had been unable to attend the small-group sessions. Top administrators were invited to convene a group of concerned staff who could select priority issues and develop action plans, with time tables and targets. The overall objective of the approach was to help staff see the factors contributing to demoralization and to actively implement remedies. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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