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ERIC Number: ED354946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Pages: 14
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Institutional Functioning Inventory. Fall 1989.
College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA.
The Institutional Functioning Survey (IFS) is a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire designed to assess how different employee groups at an educational institution perceive their institution. In October 1989, the IFS was distributed to all 63 full-time faculty, 131 part-time faculty, and 12 administrators at the College of the Canyons (CC) in Valencia, California. A total of 73 questionnaires were returned for a response rate of 35.4%. The IFS utilizes 132 multiple-choice items to assess the following 11 institutional areas: intellectual and aesthetic stimulation outside of the classroom; academic and personal freedom; human diversity; concern for improvement of society; concern for undergraduate learning; democratic governance; meeting local needs; self-study and planning; concern for advancing knowledge; concern for innovation; and the institutional "esprit," defined as a sense of shared purpose and high morale among faculty and administrators. Results of the survey at CC were compared with a normative group of 21 community colleges nationwide. Study results included the following: (1) the greatest difference between CC and the normative group was on the institutional esprit scale, in which CC showed significantly higher scores; (2) CC also exhibited higher than normative scores in democratic governance and planning; (3) while the human diversity score at CC was lower than the norm, this could be the result of a more homogeneous campus community; (4) full-time faculty at CC gave higher ratings on planning and personal freedom than did part-time faculty; and (5) CC administrators rated democratic governance and innovation more highly than did full-time faculty. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA.