Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Environment
This study investigated perceptions of teaching and research faculty concerning institutional environment at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) survey instrument was used by the investigator for this research. The instrument provided six environmental measurement scales: Formal Influence, Communication, Collaboration, Organizational Structure, Work Design, and Student Focus. Likert scale items, demographic items and an open-ended question were employed to provide data to answer the three research questions of the study. The research questions concerned overall faculty perceptions of and satisfaction with the institutional environment, differences in perceptions of the institutional environment among faculty in the five colleges, and differences in perceptions among demographic faculty subgroups. Conclusions of the study were: 1. For the most part, the overall UCF working environment was marginally consultative. 2. Faculty within the five UCF academic colleges were not equally satisfied with their working environments 3. Certain aspects of the UCF institutional environment were not equally satisfactory to faculty within the demographic subgroups of ethnicity, UCF employment, faculty rank and tenure status. Implications which were suggested for improvement of the faculty working environment at UCF included a review of administrative practices, strengthened reward and faculty development systems, and stronger emphasis on students as the central focus of university activities and concerns. Recommendations for future research were also described.
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Lynn, Mary Ann
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Terrell, Janice Dossey, "Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Environment" (1996). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 3095.