ERIC Number: ED354946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Achievement Rating, Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Institutional Evaluation, National Norms, Organizational Effectiveness, Participative Decision Making, Rating Scales, School Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA.