ERIC Number: ED316284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Stress in Perspective for Community/Junior College Presidents.
Selman, James W.
A study was conducted to determine levels of perceived stress associated with the office of public community/junior college president in the southeastern United States. The study investigated the following: (1) the ways that stress, as perceived by selected community/junior college presidents, relates to certain job functions; (2) the importance of these job functions; and (3) the methods used by these presidents to counter stress. Questionnaires were mailed to 276 presidents, and 175 usable questionnaires were returned. Study findings included the following: (1) the average age of the respondents was 52; (2) respondents had an average of 10.5 years of experience as a college president; (3) 94.3% were white and 95.4% were male; (4) 86.3% had a doctorate; (5) 44% of the respondents were employed at colleges located in urban areas; (6) the presidents perceived the stress level of the majority of their job functions to be "not very stressful," with the exception of Faculty Relationships and Legal Matters, which were rated "very stressful"; (7) in rating the importance of 21 major job responsibilities, presidents confirmed that these individual responsibilities were important to the functioning of the presidency; and (8) counter-stress activities such as exercise, seeking the advice of a physician, and drinking alcohol, were not widely used by the respondents, although almost all engaged in some form of relaxation on occasion. Survey responses are appended. (WJT)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Responsibility, College Administration, College Environment, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Two Year Colleges
Department of Vocational and Adult Education, College of Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-3501 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Dept. of Vocational and Adult Education.