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ERIC Number: ED559844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3033-3341-5
Understanding Faculty Survey Nonrespondents: Their Characteristics, Organizational Citizenship Behaviors, Workplace Attitudes, and Reasons for Nonparticipation
Mathews, Kiernan Robert
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania
College and university administrators frequently survey their faculty to inform decisions affecting the academic workplace. Higher education researchers, too, rely heavily on survey methodologies in their scholarly work. Survey response rates, however, have been declining steadily for decades, and when nonrespondents and respondents systematically differ on variables relevant to the instrument, the resulting nonresponse bias may lead those interpreting the data to erroneous conclusions. Despite the potentially corrosive impact of nonrandom missing data, relatively few scholarly studies--and fewer organizational reports--consider or control it. Guided by the framework of organizational citizenship behavior (OCB), this research proposed to determine if faculty who respond to institutional surveys differ meaningfully from those who do not. The study began with a descriptive analysis of the demographic, professional, and institutional characteristics of faculty nonresponse utilizing data from the COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey administered at 69 four-year postsecondary institutions in the United States. Regression analysis identified the institutional variables that predict organization-level response rates on a faculty survey. The study concluded with a population profiling methodology that, first, determined the extent of passive and active nonresponse, then explored differences in organizational citizenship behaviors, workplace attitudes, and rationales for nonparticipation among faculty respondents, passive nonrespondents, and active nonrespondents. Interpretation and implications of these findings are discussed for administrators and researchers, with particular consideration given to the faculty context of shared governance. [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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