ERIC Number: ED358897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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A Revalidation of Dunlap's Survey To Determine the Profile and Critical Issues of Lower Division Branch Campuses of Four-Year Institutions.
Hermanson, Dean R.
A 1989 survey of two-year branch campuses of four-year institutions collected data on administrative structure, mission, and selected characteristics of 24 campuses. In spring 1993, a study was conducted to re-validate the 1989 survey, gathering data on more campuses and updating the list of branch campuses. Forty-nine state systems of higher education were first surveyed to ascertain the number of two-year branch campuses. Twenty-eight states responded, resulting in 29 campuses not previously identified by the researcher. A revised version of the 1989 survey instrument was then mailed to 84 branch campuses, with 64 returning surveys for a response rate of 76%. Results of the study included the following: (1) 41% of campuses identified themselves as community colleges located within 100 miles of the main campus; (2) 41% of the branch campuses were governed by the main campus, while 38% were governed by a state board; (3) funding for 60% of the institutions came from direct state appropriations; (4) 40% of institutions had from 31 to 50 full-time faculty, while 36% had fewer than 30 full-time faculty; (5) the typical branch campus served between 501 and 1,500 students; (6) the typical student body was 20% vocational-technical education and 80% academic transfer; (7) typical teaching load for full-time faculty was between 12 and 14 credits; (8) only 8% of the campuses did not have an administrative council; and (9) the autonomy of branch campuses was indicated in local control of expenditures (83%), local faculty hiring (69%), and faculty tenure (97%). A list of resources; tables; and attachments featuring letters, survey instruments, and a list of colleges receiving surveys are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Extension Education, Full Time Faculty, Governance, Graphs, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Multicampus Colleges, National Surveys, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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