ERIC Number: ED343620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-12
Minority Faculty Recruitment Programs at Two-Year Colleges.
Opp, Ronald D.; Smith, Albert B.
In 1992, a study was conducted to provide current institutional data on the number and percentage of underrepresented minorities among full-time faculty in two-year colleges; to examine the opinions of academic administrators about a number of barriers to minority faculty recruitment; to examine institutional efforts to recruit minority faculty; and to determine the characteristics of successful recruitment programs. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,293 vice-presidents of academic affairs, and, after two waves of mailings, the overall response rate was 47.4%. Major study findings included the following: (1) 53,628 full-time faculty members were employed at the 616 institutions represented in the study, of whom 5.1% were African Americans, 1.7% Mexican Americans, 1.4% American Indians, and 0.3% Puerto Rican Americans; (2) 68.5% of the respondents felt that current economic constraints made it difficult to hire additional minority faculty; (3) 55% indicated that minority faculty were not available in technical and occupational fields and 46.3% felt they were not available in the arts and sciences; (4) more minorities were recruited when minorities served on search committees and on the governing bodies of two-year colleges; (5) a positive predictor of larger percentages of underrepresented faculty was whether the vice-president of academic affairs was him/herself an African-American or Mexican-American; and (6) respondents at institutions with low numbers of minority faculty were more likely to agree with the statement that minorities have difficulty fitting in socially with the community. The survey instrument and tabulated results are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (72nd, Phoenix, AZ, April 11-14, 1992).