ERIC Number: ED360037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Administrator and Faculty Ethics Codes in Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
The role of ethics in institutional management and instruction and the need for ethics codes have been identified as major issues currently facing community colleges in the United States. In general, ethics codes represent professional ideals, serving as guides for behavior and establishing principles of performance. A study was recently conducted by the Community College Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Irvine Group (a group of prominent current and emeritus educators) of 2,500 two- and four-year colleges to identify existing administrator and faculty ethics codes. A total of 413 institutions provided usable responses, and only 36 of these institutions reported administrator ethics policies. With respect to community colleges, these policies tended to specify professional standards for conflict of interest, integrity, nepotism, and accountability. The most common issue covered in college faculty ethics codes was faculty responsibilities, occurring in 27 of 33 responding two-year colleges. In addition, most locally developed policies included a section concerning the ethical obligations of faculty as teachers. The survey also revealed a strong emphasis on faculty rights and conflict of interest. Only four community colleges submitted sexual harassment ethics codes, and no community college submitted a policy concerning ethics in research. In addition to institutional ethics statements, many collective bargaining agreements also detail the rights and responsibilities of faculty members. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.