ERIC Number: ED300072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Culture and Form: Social Organization and the Community College. Working Paper Series Number 1-88.
Fish, Donna Marie
A study was conducted to investigate the role of the community college in the lives of students and staff, and to examine the relationship between organizational structure and institutional culture. The study methodology involved in-depth interviews, questionnaire surveys, and observations at one State University of New York community college, and additional interviews at other sites to test the generalizability of the single-campus data. Study findings included the following: (1) the student profile changed dramatically during the past 20 years, with trends toward increasing proportions of women, older students, and middle-class students; (2) the community college was the first educational choice of the majority of respondents, whose reasons for attending included accessibility, affordability, and the benefits associated with going to a "well respected" college; (3) students' major criticisms concerned the lack of social and cultural opportunities at the college; (4) comparatively small classes, rewards for effective teaching, an emphasis on student evaluations, and a folklore concerning student/teacher relationships reinforced positive student perceptions of the college; (5) faculty and staff identified strongly with the college and with the idea of service to the students and community; and (6) major sources of job satisfaction among faculty and staff were classroom experiences, interactions with students, opportunities for mentoring, and supportive relationships with colleagues. Literature on organizational culture and the community college's social role is cited throughout the report, and a 140-item bibliography is included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broome Community Coll., Binghamton, NY. Inst. for Community Coll. Research.
Note: Summary chapter of a Ph.D. Dissertation, Cornell University.