ERIC Number: EJ863083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Impact of School Sense of Community within a Faith-Based University: Administrative and Academic Staff Perceptions on Institutional Mission and Values
Ferrari, Joseph R.; Cowman, Shaun E.; Milner, Lauren A.; Gutierrez, Robert E.; Drake, Peter A.
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v12 n4 p515-528 Dec 2009
Academic staff (n = 305) and administrative staff (n = 595) at a large urban, Catholic, and religious order teaching university completed on-line school sense of community, social desirability, and mission-identity plus mission-driven activity measures. Partial correlates (controlling for social desirability) indicated that for both faculty and staff a sense of community with co-workers and with administrators were significantly related to mission-identity characteristics of the university. Moreover, regression analyses found that for faculty and staff significant predictors of school sense of community variables were perceptions that the university was innovative and inclusive of pragmatic and risk-taking ideas. For staff but not for faculty, a feeling of Catholic pluralism on campus was a significant predictor of a sense of community with co-workers. These outcomes suggest that employees at faith-based universities may strengthen their school sense of community by institutional practices and programs that foster creating a setting for innovative, inclusive, pragmatic, and risk-taking policies, but not necessarily religious practices on campus.
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, Institutional Mission, Catholics, Urban Universities, Differentiated Staffs, Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Attitudes, Group Unity, Values, Educational Environment, Social Desirability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
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