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ERIC Number: ED547877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-7449-0
Predicting Factors of Perceived Organizational Support by Full-Time and Part-Time Community College Faculty as Relates to Student Retention Rates
Nichols, Sarah K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Student retention is socially, politically, and financially important to educational institutions. This quantitative study explored the gap in research regarding the relationship between employment of part-time in lieu of full-time faculty and student retention. The campus climate exchange model (CCEM), served as the conceptual framework in this study. By using the CCEM and the social exchange model, answers about the transfer of faculty experience to student experience were examined in context of organizational and social psychology perspectives. Data were collected through an onlinesurvey from 264 self-selected academic community college faculty regarding their employment status (ES), participation in department decisions (DI), professional development (PD), and perceptions of organizational support (POS) as measured by the Survey of Perceived Organizational Support. Retention rates data included college reports of freshmen academic students enrolled during the fall 2008 term who returned again for the fall 2009 term. Results from means comparison, correlation, and regression analysis indicated that POS did not differ significantly due to ES, that a relationship between ES and PD was significant, that full-time faculty were more involved than were part-time faculty in decisions made by their academic department, and that ES, POS total scores, PD and DI of the CCEM did not predict student retention rates. Implications for social change include potential changes in the policies and practices of employment of community college faculty that could positively impact the retention of millions of community college students who pay tuition and fees out of pocket or receive loans or grants. [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; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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