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ERIC Number: ED430609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 197
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Faculty Perceptions of Organizational Culture in Community Colleges.
Sokugawa, Helene I.
This study examines the factors influencing faculty perceptions of mission and organizational culture within community colleges. Using Cameron and Ettington's organizational culture typology, the investigation focused on how faculty in a single state system perceived different cultural types and mission in describing their particular campuses. The four culture type models explored were clan, adhocracy, hierarchy, and market. Individual demographics were also investigated to determine whether they affected perceptions about culture and mission. A survey instrument developed specifically for this study was sent to 660 full-time instructional faculty at seven community college campuses and yielded a return rate of 56 percent. A multiple discriminant analysis of faculty perceptions of culture types correctly placed 40 percent of faculty in their appropriate campuses, suggesting considerable agreement within campuses about their institution's cultures. The additions of variables such as institutional mission and academic or vocational affiliation added accuracy to a total of 54 percent. This accuracy in correctly classifying faculty suggests that culture, mission and disciplinary affiliation all contribute to the uniqueness of the campus. Conversely, the inability to classify 46 percent of faculty was likely due to shared cultural aspects among campuses (market outlook, college transfer mission). Implications and future research are discussed. The survey instrument and table of findings are appended. Contains 94 references. (Author/SKF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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