ERIC Number: ED330411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
An Analysis of Time-on-Task Perceptions of Public and Private College Administrators.
Selman, James W.
Time constraints often diminish college administrators capacity to address problems and concerns. The lack of time to accomplish administrative responsibilities can both produce and magnify stress. Perceptions of amounts of time spent on problems associated with 21 administrative activities were obtained from 373 public community, public technical, and private technical college presidents or directors within the area of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This study involved the collection of demographic data; a principal component analysis of patterns of time associated with the 21 administrative activities clustered in the areas of instruction, support, relationships, facilities, and accreditation; and a comparison of the difference between average time allocations of academic and technical college presidents as well as the differences between public and private college presidents. Study results included the following: (1) there was no relationship between years as an administrator and the five clusters of administrative activities; (2) time devoted to instructional considerations, and time spent to develop or foster relationships was significantly higher for technical college presidents (both public and private) than for public college presidents, while time spent to obtain support for the institution was significantly lower for technical college presidents; (3) time spent on matters of accreditation was significantly higher for private technical college presidents than for the presidents of public institutions; and (4) the majority of presidents were white, middle-aged males who held doctorates. Data tables and references are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility, College Administration, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Performance, Private Colleges, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Technical Institutes, Time Management, Time on Task, Two Year Colleges
Department of Vocational and Adult Education, College of Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5526 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Dept. of Vocational and Adult Education.