ERIC Number: ED417778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Sabbatical as a Form of Faculty Renewal in the Community College: Green Pastures or Fallow Fields?
Kang, Bai; Miller, Michael T.
To identify the benefits and outcomes of sabbatical leave practices of community colleges, a survey was undertaken of senior academic affairs administrators at community colleges across the United States. Questionnaires were mailed to 100 administrators requesting information on sabbatical practices at their college, their perceptions of the process, and desired outcomes. Study findings, based on 62 usable responses, included the following: (1) 33 of the administrators indicated that their colleges offered sabbatical programs, with 14 of these requiring submission of sabbatical reports upon completion of the experience; (2) at 19 colleges, the main purpose for offering sabbaticals was the improvement of teaching, while at 12 the emphasis was on improving research skills; (3) with respect to the benefits of sabbaticals, the administrators agreed most that faculty "felt a sense of rejuvenation and reward,""became up-to-date," and "felt as though their professional life had been substantially enriched"; (4) the lowest-rated benefit was that faculty "became caught up on their research and writing schedule"; (5) 42 of the respondents identified teaching improvement as the primary desired outcome of the experience; and (6) administrators at colleges with no sabbatical program were much less likely than those at colleges offering them to view research productivity as a benefit of sabbaticals. Data tables cover sabbatical practices and administrative perceptions; three are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., Tuscaloosa.