ERIC Number: ED264747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Organizational Barriers and Their Impact on Women in Higher Education. Research Report.
Stokes, M. Jean
The nature and extent of conditions or barriers that inhibit women administrators in their professional responsibilities and careers were studied. A questionnaire mailed to 241 women was completed by 168 women with executive, administrative, and managerial responsibilities in nine universities of the State University System of Florida. The respondents primarily had middle- and lower-level administrative positions. The questionnaire covered 23 possible barriers and their effects on professional development needs, administrative styles, and future aspirations; respondent's background was also noted. Predictors of experiencing barriers were also considered, along with the impact of barriers on women administrators. Of the 23 barriers, 19 were experienced by 50% or more of the respondents. Specific findings include: 87% of the female respondents believed that informal networks excluded them; 87% indicated that they worked twice as hard as their male colleagues; 79% believed they were less influential on superiors' decisions; and 74% felt it was difficult to receive recognition for their accomplishments. Barriers were also found to: create or distort a woman's need for certain professional skills; prompt women to alter and experiment with their administrative style; and influence career changes and aspirations. The questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrators, Career Ladders, College Administration, Females, Higher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Styles, Management Development, Middle Management, Organizational Climate, Power Structure, Professional Development, Promotion (Occupational), Questionnaires, Sex Bias, Sex Stereotypes, State Universities
National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, 1325 18th Street, N.W., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036 ($9.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Florida