ERIC Number: ED442527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The American Faculty Poll.
Sanderson, Allen; Phua, Voon Chin; Herda, David
This report provides an overview of the American Faculty Poll project and principal findings which covers faculty members' attitudes about their career choices and professional life, their level of satisfaction with various aspects of the work environment, their opinions about institutional policies and priorities, and their views about the present state of higher education and prospects for its future. The report begins with a brief methodological overview followed by a description of the socio-demographics of the sample. A total of 1511 faculty completed the survey, of whom one-quarter worked at two-year colleges, 28 percent worked at private four-year institutions, and 48 percent were in public four-year institutions. The third section examines faculty overall career choices and attitudes. The discussion continues with a section covering factors that faculty members consider important in their work and career as well as their levels of satisfaction with these factors. In the fifth section, the report examines factors that impinge upon the academic work of faculty. Next, the report presents faculty members' assessments of institutional policies and priorities. The seventh section provides faculty members' opinions on tenure, tuition, and fees. The report concludes with faculty members' views on the present state of higher education and possible future directions. Appendices contain a copy of the questionnaire survey used; additional demographic data; contains tables and figures referenced in the text; and technical notes on sample design and selection, descriptions of data collection and preparation, weighting scheme, and sampling errors. (VWC)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, National Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY. College Retirement Equities Fund.; National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.