ERIC Number: ED328303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute Faculty Survey-1990. Volume XVIII, No. 10.
Lucas, John A.
In 1990, William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) participated in the annual faculty survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute in California. Of WRHC's full-time faculty, 97 responded to the survey for a 50% response rate. Results from the survey were compared with those from two-year and four-year institutions nationwide. In addition, 10 questions were asked of the WRHC faculty only. Study findings included the following: (1) faculty attitudes toward the administration and working conditions were much better at WRHC than at other two- and four-year colleges; (2) male faculty at WRHC were of a higher rank, were more likely to be tenured, and earned a higher salary than female faculty at the college; (3) female faculty at WRHC spent fewer hours per week in scheduled teaching than other community college faculty, but more time in committee work and administrative activities than the national average; (4) the most prevalent sources of stress for Harper faculty were time pressures, lack of personal life, household responsibilities, and students; (5) in comparison with faculty at other institutions, Harper faculty were less interested in increasing the numbers of minorities on the faculty or in the student body, or in dealing with minority issues; (5) women faculty at Harper were much more likely to assign student presentations and use experiential learning approaches than male faculty; (6) the four most important professional goals of Harper full-time faculty were to be a good teacher, be a good colleague, engage in outside activities, and become an authority in one's field; and (7) female faculty at Harper were more willing than males (78% versus 61%) to commit time to making shared governance work. Data tables and the survey instrument are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Integration, Faculty Organizations, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Males, National Norms, National Surveys, Participative Decision Making, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions, Two Year Colleges, Universities, Women Faculty
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.