ERIC Number: ED354039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Improving Teaching and Learning in Community Colleges: Guidelines for Academic Leaders.
Hawthorne, Elizabeth M.; Smith, Albert B.
This report presents findings of a 1991 survey of chief academic officers (CAO's) of community, technical, and junior colleges to measure the level of commitment to instructional effectiveness and illuminate those areas which deserve attention. The study replicated a 1987 survey of CAO's at four-year institutions and utilized the five areas of questions of the original survey instrument: employment policies and practices, campus environment and culture, strategic administrative actions, instructional enhancement efforts, and instructional development activities. Questions were also added concerning respondents' professional experience and demographics, as well as on their institutions' budgeted costs of faculty development and the promotion of teaching activities. The results of the survey, which yielded a 57% response rate (n=712), included the following: (1) the highest level of commitment for community colleges was in the area of campus culture; (2) employment practices and policies were rated moderately high; (3) strategic administrative actions, such as administrative public pronouncements in favor of excellence in teaching were rated well below the support of effective teaching through a conducive campus climate and employment practices; (4) in terms of institutional development, the highest ratings were given in the area of support mechanisms for teaching and learning; and (5) items showing the lowest perceived commitment by CAO's included an organized unit to promote teaching effectiveness, research and seminars designed to improve instruction, and administrator reinforcement of research as a means to improve instruction. Recommendations and a list of references are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Effectiveness, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Excellence in Education, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Leadership, Rating Scales, Teacher Effectiveness, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference for Community College Chairs, Deans, and Other Instructional Leaders (2nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 17-20, 1993).