ERIC Number: ED364288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Harper Employees' Perception and Interest in Resources for Women. Volume XXI, No. 5.
Reid, Damaris; Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Palatine, Illinois, to explore WRHC employees' knowledge, perceptions, and interests with regard to the campus's Resources for Women office. This office offers courses, workshops, and services in the areas of career development, writing and speaking, dealing with personal life problems, computer literacy, and numerous other topics. A survey instrument, developed jointly by the Office of Planning and Research and the Resources for Women program, was mailed to all administrators, full-time faculty, and staff in May and June of 1992. Results of the study, based on a 64% (n=446) response rate, included the following: (1) the most familiar programs offered by Resources for Women were Women's History Week and the Career Development Program, of which over 70% of the responding employers were aware; (2) the least familiar program was the volunteer program, of which only 26% of the respondents were aware; (3) employees thought that the women served by Resources for Women tended to be college re-entry women, women in crisis, and women needing help; (4) over half of the respondents thought Resources for Women should provide additional programs and services, with one quarter suggesting the organization of support groups; (5) 23% agreed that there should be a mentoring program for teen parents; (6) additional seminars on 58 different topics were suggested by 23% of the respondents, with some 19% suggesting additional counseling services; (7) utilizing Resources for Women for employee development was recommended by 14% of the respondents, with an additional 13% suggesting that the Women's Studies Courses be expanded; and (8) 79 employees volunteered to help the Resources for Women program in some way. Extensive data tables, employee responses, and the survey instrument are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.