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ERIC Number: ED553783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 127
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-0156-4
A Comparative Study of Attitudes, Perceptions, and Satisfaction of Faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and George Mason University (GMU)
Carter, Russ M.
ProQuest LLC, D.A. Dissertation, George Mason University
Historically, workplace morale improvement has been an elusive target for company executives and higher management. Faculty, support staff, and other associated personnel at public colleges/universities, as in other workplaces, need to know that their work is recognized as significant. For the most part faculty want to believe they have excellent relationships with their students and that there is mutual respect between themselves (faculty) and their students. Also, faculty need to feel comfortable in knowing they can voice their concerns and opinions without fear of being punished. This study is different from previous similar surveys in that a comparison survey was conducted among 149 community college and research college/university employees at two public institutions in Northern Virginia: George Mason University (GMU), in Fairfax, Virginia, and Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), in Fairfax, Virginia, in order to ascertain difference in attitudes, perceptions, and satisfaction between faculty members at NVCC or GMU. The results of those surveys were sorted based on place of employment, and data was generated and processed to accurately quantify any potentially significant differences between responses from the institutions' personnel. Despite a lack of significant difference in attitudes, perceptions, and satisfaction between respondents from the two institutions to the GMU/NVCC survey, the data revealed that NVCC faculty were less likely than GMU faculty to report satisfaction with their institution's procedures for recognizing and rewarding achievements, and that NVCC faculty reported feeling they were given fewer opportunities for career advancement than GMU faculty. Discussions of these findings included whether college size could factor into the difference in responses, as well as whether public perception of the institution's prestige could play a role, such as 2-year community colleges versus 4-year colleges or universities. The possibility exists that faculty at 2-year community colleges, which are smaller both in the number of academic disciplines offered and the number and size of buildings and departments, might have more time to interact with students in regard to providing guidance, and to become more involved with the overall environment of the college, compared to faculty members at 4-year colleges or universities that are larger. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia