ERIC Number: ED367398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Full-Time Faculty Members and Administrators with Respect to Their Perceived Impacts of Selected Societal Factors on Mercer County Community College.
Bolge, Robert D.
A study was conducted at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), in New Jersey, to compare the perceptions of full-time faculty and administrators of the impact of selected societal factors on the college and provide MCCC with a theoretical basis for implementing its strategic planning model. A survey inventory of 34 societal factors was constructed, including such issues as funding in higher education, declining enrollments, technological change, and business needs, and distributed to 47 administrators and 90 full-time faculty at MCCC. The inventory asked respondents to rank each issue from not important to most important and to provide information on their gender, number of years at MCCC, and current rank or title. Study findings and recommendations included the following: (1) the total absolute percentage (TAP) difference between faculty and administrator perceptions exceeded 33.3% on 27 items using a 5-choice scale and on 31 items using a 3-choice scale; (2) the TAP difference between responses by males and females exceeded 33.3% for 10 items on both the 5-choice and the 3-choice scales, indicating that gender was more influential than employee category in perceptions; and (3) based on the analysis it was recommended that college-wide projects begin with surveys of affected employees, that equal gender representation be sought in project committees, and that outside input be sought in any project process. Contains 56 references and the survey inventory. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ.