ERIC Number: ED423790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
NEA Survey of Higher Education Members and Leaders.
NEA Higher Education Research Center Update, v4 n5 Oct 1998
A survey of National Education Association (NEA) higher education members examined opinions about governance issues, factors that affect quality education, and attitudes about the "new unionism." Characteristics of respondents are summarized and illustrated by characteristics such as median faculty income, length of time in higher education, and years at current institution. Responding to questions on how well the NEA and its local associations represent their interests, members give the NEA strong positive ratings, just behind department chairs. Asked about faculty involvement in campus governance, respondents indicated that they are least involved in making campus budget decisions, most involved in decisions involving adding or deleting courses, more involved in governance at campuses with collective bargaining agreements, and desire greater involvement in budget allocations. In negotiations and bargaining, respondents prefer consensus bargaining to traditional bargaining. On quality of education issues, 57 percent report being evaluated by peers, and most (including most tenured professors) report their employment is dependent on formal job evaluations. Finally, on questions concerning technology use, virtually all faculty report computer access, although only a fourth have used distance learning this year. (DB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Administration, College Faculty, Decision Making, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Faculty College Relationship, Governance, Higher Education, National Surveys, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Associations, Teacher Attitudes, Unions
NEA Office of Higher Education, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-822-7100; Web site: http://www.nea.org/he/
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Office of Higher Education.