ERIC Number: ED303204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
The State of Faculty Evaluation in Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges within the North Central Region, 1988-1989. A Research Study.
Andrews, Hans A.; Licata, Christine M.
In 1989, a study was conducted of the evaluation practices for tenured faculty used by members of the Council of North Central Community Junior Colleges. Questionnaires were mailed to the vice-president for academic affairs/instructional dean and the head of the faculty union/association at the 305 institutions. Information was solicited concerning the overall status of post-tenure review practices, evaluation outcomes and associated problems, perceptions regarding effectiveness and benefits, and recommendations for improving the evaluation process. Study findings, based on responses from 158 faculty leaders and 199 campus administrators, included the following: (1) at approximately 70% of the responding institutions, a system existed for the formal evaluation of tenured faculty; (2) faculty and administrators agreed that "classroom effectiveness" was the most important criterion in post-tenure evaluation; (3) faculty and administrators disagreed about the outcomes of the evaluation process, with 61% of the administrators reporting the establishment of a plan for professional growth as an outcome, and 62% of the faculty indicating that tenured faculty are left to their own devices to correct weaknesses; (4) 44.2% of the administrators indicated that they had documented between more than 1 and but less than 10 cases of unsatisfactory performance among tenured faculty in the past 5 years; (5) the most common problems associated with post-tenure evaluation were ineffective implementation of developmental plans, lack of a reward system, and inadequately trained evaluators; and (6) 73% of the faculty and 41% of the administrators were uncertain about the effectiveness of their campus's evaluation system. The survey instrument is attached. (AAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of North Central Community and Junior Colleges.