ERIC Number: ED327086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Validation of Higher Education Economic Development Survey Instrument with State University and Land Grant Institution Research Administrators.
Hethcox, J. Henley
A survey instrument, Higher Education Economic Development Survey (HEEDS), designed to measure research administrators' perception of current involvement of state universities and land grant institutions in economic development, was developed and validated. The instrument consists of 56 items concerning presently occurring and normative economic development activities. Surveys (N=416) were mailed in the summer of 1989 (244 were eventually analyzed) to research administrators in higher education. Five factors accounting for 72.1% of the total variance emerged: (1) capacity building; (2) technology development; (3) research, analysis, evaluation; (4) human resource development; and (5) new business development. Each factor confirmed an underlying dimension theoretically included during developmental stages of the instrument. Multiple analyses of variance were also computed indicating that HEEDS does reflect the theoretical dimensions underlying its construction. The instrument is recommended for use by higher education administrators in assessing their institutions' unique economic development strategies. Contains 186 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Economic Development, Educational Development, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Land Grant Universities, Policy Formation, Program Validation, Research Administration, Research and Development, School Business Relationship, State Universities, Surveys, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Auburn University.