ERIC Number: ED271189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Reshaping America's Community Colleges through New Faculty Hiring Practices.
Catanzaro, James L.; Savage, Daniel D.
In spring 1986, a study was conducted by Lakeland Community College (Ohio) to determine whether community colleges were anticipating a substantial faculty turnover, what minimum and desired qualifications were being used to fill full-time faculty positions, and the importance of selected educational and vocational experiences for technical and transfer faculty. From a random sample of 124 colleges, survey responses were returned by 54% (N=67). Study findings included the following: (1) nearly half of the respondents anticipated substantial faculty turnover, with one-fifth of the institutions indicating that they were expecting vacancies of at least 20%; (2) respondents indicated that they would not fully staff present faculty positions, with a typical college employing 72 full-time faculty expecting to lose eight faculty members and hire just over six in the next 4 years; (3) faculty attrition was evenly distributed across the curriculum, with replacement positions showing a slight shift away from the liberal arts and mathematics, science, and health in favor of business and engineering; (4) fewer than 20% of the respondents recognized high school teaching as satisfying even the minimum experience qualifications; (5) more than 92% listed a master's degree as the minimum educational qualification for teaching transfer courses, and 5% required a doctoral degree for teaching in English and the social sciences; (6) 61% listed a master's degree as a required qualification for teaching in engineering technologies; and (7) nearly two-thirds of the respondents indicated they desired faculty with community college teaching experience. The survey instrument, a list of respondents, and survey response data are included. (RO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.