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ERIC Number: ED519264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-5285-1
Faculty Perceptions of Factors Affecting Faculty Attrition and Retention at 4-Year Public Colleges and Universities in One Southern North American State
Rhone, Denton W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Mercer University
The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of faculty at selected 4-year public colleges and universities in the state of Georgia regarding factors that would influence them to leave or remain at their respective institutions. This study uses a quantitative descriptive design, utilizing an online survey with 20 intrinsic and extrinsic questions derived from the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) job satisfaction instrument along with relevant demographic questions. The data were collected by emailing three thousand eight hundred faculty members at 17 randomly selected public post-secondary institutions in the State of Georgia the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire. Pearson Chi-square tests of independence were conducted to identify the relations between the dependent variable, planning to leave, and the independent variable in each survey question, with the exception of Research Question 9. A Pearson correlation test was conducted to ascertain the relationship between faculty's general satisfaction score and planning to leave the institution. With a p value set at 0.05 significance level, statistical tests revealed consistently significant relationships between faculty perceptions of all intrinsic and extrinsic factors and faculty decision to stay or leave their place of work, with one exception. The Pearson Chi-square test showed no significant relationship between faculty decision to stay or leave and being able to keep busy. Service emerged as an area that was meaningful to faculty. It appears that being given the opportunity to feel significant in their profession by making contributions, not only in the classroom but also within the community, can considerably increase extrinsic job satisfaction and desire to remain at the institution. While most of the responses to the survey questions were consistent with the findings of the various areas of research literature, interestingly, 44% stated that they were extremely satisfied with their status as faculty and with the opportunity provided to be of service to others. Consistent with the research literature on faculty job satisfaction, faculty expressed the least satisfaction with their salary, but very satisfied that the institution provided steady employment. A General Satisfaction Score (GSS) for the participants was calculated using the mean of the 20 MSQ questions for each respondent. A Pearson correlation was calculated to ascertain the relationship between GSS and planning to leave. A strong negative correlation was found r (472) = -0.313, p less than 0.001. This showed a significant inverse relationship. The lower the general satisfaction score the more likely the respondents are to leave the institution. Correspondingly, the higher the GSS, the more likely the respondent will stay. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire