ERIC Number: ED273334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
An Academic Resource in Low Supply and High Demand: A Survey of Community College Recruitment Plans of General Education Faculty over the Next Five Years.
Reeves, Robert A.; Galant, Richard L.
In anticipation of teacher shortages in liberal arts disciplines, a study was conducted to investigate how community college administrators in the 19-state Council of North Central Community/Junior College Region planned to recruit faculty in general education disciplines over the next 5 years. In spring 1986, 353 community and junior college administrators were surveyed about anticipated positions and vacancies, recruitment planning strategies, recruitment practices, and Equal Employment Opportunity strategies. Study findings, based on a 55% response rate, included the following: (1) respondents anticipated the most difficulties in recruiting mathematics, physical science, and life science faculty; (2) community colleges in rural areas anticipated more difficulties than those in metropolitan areas; (3) only 35.4% of the respondents indicated that they used a recruitment plan; (4) the most commonly identified components of college recruitment plans were related to organization and development, implementation, information sources, and period of time covered by the plan; (5) the top ranked recruitment sources were college placement services, newspaper advertisements, professional journals, part-time/temporary pools, private business/industry, and on-site recruitment; (6) 7% of the respondents reported using special inducements, such as providing housing, special fringe benefit packages, or expanded professional development opportunities, to recruit faculty; and (7) current salary structures were viewed as the primary constraints on efforts to hire competent faculty. Based on study findings, it was concluded that although the supply of faculty may be adequate for future demand, community colleges with developed recruitment plans will be in the best position to optimize faculty recruitment. The survey instrument and responses are appended. (LAL)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Planning, Community Colleges, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Faculty Recruitment, General Education, Liberal Arts, Personnel Needs, Personnel Policy, Questionnaires, Salaries, Surveys, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of North Central Community and Junior Colleges.
Authoring Institution: Washtenaw Community Coll., Ann Arbor, MI.