ERIC Number: ED476858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
The Importance of Relationships in Deans' Perceptions of Fit: A Person-Environment Examination.
Reason, Robert D.; Gmelch, Walter H.
The perceptions of academic deans of environmental factors that predict their perceived fit at their institutions were studied. The dependent variable was the deans' level of agreement with the statement that the university was a good place to work, a statement operationalized as an indicator of perceived fit. Data were collected from 821 deans as part of the 1996 National Survey of Academic Deans in Higher Education. Some of the significant independent variables appeared to be things outside the immediate control of the deans. Deans are likely to have little input into financial support for the institution. Deans do have a large degree of direct influence over the relationships within their colleges and universities, and the perceived quality of relationships between faculty and staff, faculty and students, and among top administrators were the strongest predictors of whether a dean perceived the institution to be a "good" place to work. Steps that can be taken to increase a dean's perception of the institution as a good place to work were derived from survey responses. Suggestions relate to improvements of private fundraising efforts, lobbying state legislatures for adequate funding, and considering "fit" when hiring deans. (Contains 3 tables and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).