ERIC Number: ED475988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Faculty Retention Study, 2002.
South Texas Community Coll., McAllen. Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
This survey attempted to study factors important to making faculty decide to continue or terminate employment at South Texas Community College (STCC). Surveys were e-mailed to 276 full time, regular faculty and 170 adjunct faculty with valid STCC e-mail addresses. Although 54% (150) of the full time faculty responded to the survey, it remains a self-selected straw poll as opposed to a survey utilizing a random sample. Only 20% (34) of part time faculty responded, therefore this report discusses only full time faculty responses. The survey asks the question, "Have you ever seriously considered leaving STCC," and offers three possible responses: (1) No, not seriously; (2) Yes, somewhat seriously; and (3) Yes, very seriously. Respondents also offered employment-related written comments. These comments were classified into three groups, based on how serious the respondent seemed to be about leaving STCC, by a rater who did not know how respondents had self-classified themselves. The research found no significant link between length of time at STCC or years of teaching experience and how seriously the respondent considered leaving. More than 30 items were determined to correlate significantly, including degree to which STCC emphasizes student learning, availability of multi-year contracts, and job security. Research instrument appended. (Contains 14 references and 10 tables and figures.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Texas Community Coll., McAllen. Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
Note: Prepared in cooperation with the Faculty Retention and Recruitment Committee, Division of Instructional Services.