ERIC Number: ED374842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes on Staff Participation and the Acceptance of Women and Minorities at Delta College: Results of a Staff Opinion Survey Made in Response to an Accreditation Report Recommendation. Research Report.
Debow-Makino, Ginger; And Others
In response to an accreditation team's concern over the status of affirmative action, the campus atmosphere toward women and ethnic minorities, and involvement of staff in decision-making at San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC), in California, the college conducted a survey of staff attitudes. A questionnaire was distributed to all 942 full- and part-time faculty, administrators, and classified staff in December 1992, resulting in 359 usable responses for a sample that closely matched college demographics. Survey findings included the following: (1) 45% of the respondents agreed and 9% disagreed that SJDC was making a strong effort to recruit women into management, while for women only 30% agreed compared to 60% of men; (2) 67% of the male respondents disagreed that sexism was a major problem at the college, compared to 40% for females; (3) staff as a whole indicated that SJDC was making a strong effort to recruit minorities and that they were well represented in management positions, while both Hispanic and Black employees indicated disagreement; (4) only 26% of the staff believed that committees created to expand shared governance had much influence on major decisions, compared to 34% who did not believe so and 40% who were neutral or had no opinion; and (5) analysis of the findings offered insight into unity and dissension of staff attitudes, with Black, Hispanic, and classified staff members workers more likely to give negative responses and managers, men, and full-time faculty less likely. The survey instrument is appended. (KP)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Attitude Measures, Blacks, Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Employee Attitudes, Females, Hispanic Americans, Institutional Environment, Males, Organizational Climate, Participant Satisfaction, Participative Decision Making, School Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Joaquin Delta Community Coll. District, Stockton, CA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.