ERIC Number: ED280361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Research Note: Dimensions of Program Quality in Regional Universities.
Young, Denise L.; And Others
Research by Conrad and Blackburn on program quality in master's departments at regional universities was replicated and extended. The present sample doubled the number of departments (from 45 to 81), increased the number of institutions (from 14 to 33), and added a different state (i.e., the original study consisted of two southern states). The same general variables emerged as the strongest predictors, but strengths were lower. The six cluster variables that emerged were: curricular content, faculties with degrees from local institutions; scholarly productivity; scope (the number of baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs); the number of library holdings; and the percentage of faculty under age 40 and the percentage of faculty without tenure. The results did not vary by state. Although scholarly productivity was the greatest predictor of program quality, the relationship was not a strong one. This indicates that traditional indicators of quality may be valid, but they carry a different weight at regional institutions. Scholarly activity seems to be of greater importance at elite institutions. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).