ERIC Number: ED270033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
Linking Outcomes and Institutional Characteristics: The Importance of Looking Deeper.
Ewell, Peter T.
The relative power of college culture, school functioning, and mission in explaining student performance outcomes was examined. The relationship between institutional attributes/cultures and undergraduate instructional effectiveness as perceived by faculty and administrators was studied with 320 four-year colleges. Respondents completed the Assessment of the Performance of Colleges and Universities survey in 1983. Instructional effectiveness variables included: student educational satisfaction, academic development, career development, and personal development. Institutional characteristics included: full-time equivalent enrollment, percentage of professional degrees, percentage of part-time headcount, percentage of undergraduate headcount, student selectivity, and institutional control and type. Also considered were: four institutional mission and mission agreement variables (special identity, distinctive purpose, mission reflected in academic programs, and shared definition of mission); four institutional culture variables (clan, emergent environment, hierarchy, and market orientation); and four institutional functioning variables (level of trust, recognition and rewards received, amount of information or feedback, and student-faculty relationships). Associations were analyzed using stepwise multiple regression. Appended are (1) a Correlation Matrix, and (2) a basic statistical breakdown on all study variables. Fifty-two references are listed. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.
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