ERIC Number: ED355991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-28
A National Study of Community College Chief Academic Officers' Perceived Commitment to Instructional Effectiveness.
Smith, Albert B.; Hawthorne, Elizabeth M.
In spring 1991, a survey was conducted of chief academic officers (CAO's) at two-year colleges to identify the instructional improvement categories and strategies that received the highest levels of support. The study replicated a 1987 survey of CAO's at four-year institutions and asked respondents to rate their commitment to practices in five areas: campus environment and culture, employment policies and practices, strategic administrative actions, instructional enhancement efforts, and instructional development activities. Responses were also compared to results of the 1987 survey to determine any differences between the perceived commitment of two-year college CAO's and their four-year college counterparts. Surveys were mailed to CAO's at 1,243 public and private two-year colleges, and usable responses were received from 712 administrators. Study findings included the following: (1) in general, responses confirmed limited support and commitment for instructional effectiveness; (2) the highest level of perceived commitment was in the area of campus environment and culture, including such ideas as faculty ownership of the curriculum, faculty confidence in administrative leadership, and a feeling of institutional pride; (3) the lowest level of reported commitment was in regard to instructional development activities, including faculty workshops, colleague support mechanisms, and organized campus units to promote effective teaching; and (4) compared to data from the study of four-year institutions, two-year college CAO's reported higher commitment for all the areas except for employment practices and policies. Recommendations for practice and seven tables showing ratings of commitment to practices per area are included. (Contains 10 references.) (BCY)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Attitudes, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Employment Practices, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness, National Surveys, Organizational Climate, Organizational Objectives, Rating Scales, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Universities and Colleges at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges (73rd, Portland, OR, April 28-May 1, 1993).