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ERIC Number: ED439472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 15
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An Investigation of the Academic Exit Interview.
McDowell, Earl E.
The academic exit interview provides faculty members with an opportunity to express their reasons for leaving the university. The study was designed to discover if there were significant differences between academic gender groups, between rank groups, and among years of experience groups in rating exit interviewing variables: conduct exit interviews, formal training in conducting exit interviews, special list of questions, involuntarily leave department, level of satisfaction, and reliability and validity of the interview. Completed survey instruments were received from 76 department heads/chairs at a large Midwestern university. The results indicated: (1) only 14% of heads/chairs have conducted exit interviews; (2) 27% believe the exit interview is reliable; (3) 7% believe exit interviews are valid in discovering the real reason why faculty members are leaving; (4) no significant differences existed between gender groups, rank groups, and years of experience groups; but (5) all respondents believe exit interviews can provide valuable information to the departments and the university. Based on the findings, two communication faculty at the university are developing a workshop to teach administrators interviewing skills to conduct exit interviews. (Contains 9 references and 4 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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