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ERIC Number: ED353234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Institutional Climate.
Shultz, Eileen L.; And Others
A study was conducted at Kutztown University (Pennsylvania) to examine issues affecting women in higher education. Areas addressed in the study include aspirations for advancement, perceptions of family support, perceived institutional support, perceived barriers to advancement, and networks perceived to support faculty. Data were solicited through a survey from all faculty members (N=340), half of whom responded. Data from the survey provide a profile of male and female faculty and suggest that the university is still operating within a male-dominated organizational structure with a glass ceiling still in place. Results suggest: women must network and form supportive internal structures that include mentoring; a need exists to reexamine current hiring practices at the university; greater institutional support is needed for faculty; the most attractive support is found to be in professional development monies awarded for research and professional opportunities; and the main sources of inequity seem to be in the ratio of male to female faculty, with a subsequent imbalance in gender between faculty and students. This study has implications for the recruitment and retention of women in higher education, and encourages women seeking mid- and top-level administrative positions. The survey form and 23 references are included. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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