ERIC Number: ED264922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Today's Academic Leaders: A National Study of Administrators in Community and Junior Colleges.
Moore, Kathryn M.; And Others
A study was conducted by the Center for the Study of Higher Education to provide a systematic analysis of the educational and employment backgrounds, career goals and aspirations, career paths, and concerns of two-year college administrators. A national sample of 2,049 administrators at 1,219 public and private two-year colleges was surveyed. Study findings, based on an overall response rate of 78%, included the following: (1) a substantial majority of the administrators were male in every administrative position considered except one (i.e., head librarian); (2) over 80% of the administrators were white; (3) over 95% of the administrators held bachelor's degrees, 89.6% held master's degrees, and approximately 45% held doctoral degrees; (4) approximately 66% of the administrators in each group were employed at comprehensive two-year colleges, 25% at vocational-technical colleges, and fewer than 10% at academic institutions; (5) all groups of administrators reported participation in an average of at least 3.5 internal professional activities (e.g., special task forces and in-service staff development); (6) only 10% to 15% of each group reported actively searching for their current positions, and personal contacts were cited as the best sources for finding out about career opportunities; (7) administrators perceived financial support for programs and teaching, high school and junior college articulation, and linkages to business and industry as major future issues; (8) on an average, women administrators were younger (46.8 years) than men (48.8 years); (9) Blacks and Whites showed no major differences in their patterns of employment; and (10) 74.3% of the Black administrators, 89.3% of the Hispanic administrators, and 56.4% of the White administrators were employed in metropolitan areas. The study report includes conclusions regarding the labor market for two-year college administrators and their career mobility, along with a discussion of the implications of the findings for educational leadership. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: For a summary of the study, see ED 258 668.