ERIC Number: ED429498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Comparing Administrative Satisfaction in Public and Private Higher Education.
Volkwein, James Fredericks; Parmley, Kelli
This study examined job satisfaction among administrators in public and private higher education. Data on nearly 1,200 administrators, ranging from directors to presidents, was obtained through surveys of 120 public and private universities. It was found that both public and private higher education administrators were most satisfied with the intrinsic rewards of their positions and least satisfied with the extrinsic rewards and working conditions. However, administrators from private universities were significantly more satisfied than administrators from public universities on the extrinsic rewards dimension (salary, benefits, and promotion). It was also found that, controlling for all other variables, an absence of interpersonal conflict and an atmosphere of teamwork accounted for most of the explained variance in overall satisfaction among both populations. Holding a higher administrative rank was significantly associated with both intrinsic and extrinsic satisfaction in both groups. In public universities, campus size tended to reduce administrators' satisfaction with the quality of their relationships with others in the work place, while undergraduate quality tended to promote satisfaction in both groups. (Contains 63 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Institutional Research Northeast Conference (Philadelphia, PA, November 1998).