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ERIC Number: ED437011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 44
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Negotiating Organizational Identity: Faculty Members' Academic and Religious Interpretations of a Church-Related College. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Burrows, Joanne M.
This interpretative case study examines how the faculty at Ohio Dominican College, a Baccalaureate II, coeducational college, perceives the college's academic and religious identities, and how these identities are expressed in the life of the campus. Additionally, on a more conceptual level, the study offers an opportunity to examine the emerging concept of organizational identity and its relevance for higher educational institutions. Data for the study were collected between January and September 1997 in interviews with fourteen full-time faculty, as well as with extensive site observations and document analysis. The study found qualitative differences in the way participants' viewed the college's academic and religious identities--as an academic liberal arts institution, and as a Catholic college with a Dominican tradition. Faculty identification with Dominicanism is more widespread than with Catholicism. Further differences are concerned with the values of liberal arts education, as opposed to education in applied and professional fields. Although liberal arts are central to faculty perceptions of the college, more than half of the 31 baccalaureate majors offered are in applied and professional fields, and 63 percent of the baccalaureate degrees are awarded in those fields. (Contains 29 references.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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