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ERIC Number: EJ818030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3759
Measuring Staff Perceptions of University Identity and Activities: The Mission and Values Inventory
Ferrari, Joseph R.; Velcoff, Jessica
Christian Higher Education, v5 n3 p243-261 Sep 2006
Higher education institutions need to ascertain whether their stakeholders understand the school's mission, vision, and values. In the present study, the psychometric properties of a mission identity and activity measure were investigated with two staff samples. Using a principal component factor analysis (varimax rotation), respondents in Sample 1 (n = 178) indicated that the "institution's identity" was reflective of an "inclusive and innovative" (10 items) university--taking risks on new programs while retaining its urban identity and tradition of respect, understanding, and personalism--and a sense of "Catholic pluralism" (6 items)--retaining a Catholic university identity where other faiths are included and freely expressed. University "mission-driven activities and programs" reflected "urban/global engagement opportunities" (8 items), including community-based service learning courses, study abroad programs, and international students on campus; specific "institutional religious heritage" (9 items), like lunch-time speaker series, hosting writers who speak on the Catholic heritage of the university, and travel programs highlighting the university's heritage; and, "Catholic and other faith-formation opportunities" (6 items), including worship and sacrament events, interfaith and non-Catholic opportunities, spiritual education programs. Sample 2 staff (n = 361), using a confirmatory factor analysis, yield the same factor structure. Limitations and implications are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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