Universities and colleges -- United States -- Evaluation.
This study provides a methodological critique of major quality assessments in U.S. higher education over the last 70 years, through an examination of their taxonomy, unit of analysis, frame of reference, and definition of quality. Many quantitative indicators currently used in assessments have a weak theoritical link to quality and have serious methodological drawbacks. The study offers recommendations for continued improvements to assessments indicators, so that institutions may better assert their own voices in debates over higher education quality.
Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- United States.
College attendance -- Social aspects -- United States.
Academic achievement -- Social aspects -- United States.
This study analyzes data from the NELS:92/00 to explore sex, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic group differences in the benefits that high school graduates realize from college. Sex differences in higher education benefits may be a source of observed differences between women and men in college enrollment and degree attainment rates. The findings also suggest that observed racial/ethnic and SES group differences in college enrollment cannot be attributed to actual differences in higher education's economic and non-economic benefits, as some benefits are greater for African Americans than for Whites and benefits generally do not vary by SES.
College presidents -- Salaries, etc. -- United States.
Private universities and colleges -- United States.
This paper examines the structure and determinants of presidential pay at nationally ranked baccalaureate institutions. This study departs from previous work on president pay in two ways. First, it includes more nationally ranked liberal arts institutions in its sample than previous studies did. Second, it incorporates two additional determinants of presidential pay borrowed from the executive compensation literature: differential motivations or goals and risk. The results suggest that both motivational differences and risk factors yield differential returns to the determinants of presidential pay depending on which of the four college tiers the president's institution belongs to.
Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration.
This national study of academic deans examined the social and cognitive dimensions underlying displinary variations in respondents' self reports of their administrative behavior. Discriminant analyses identified significant linear functions that distinguished behaviors of deans from hard/pure, hard/applied, soft/pure, and soft/applied discipline groups. Findings indicate that the social dimension of academic discipline may be a factor which differentiates deans in terms of how they approach their administrative work. It is concluded that findings may partially explain the durability of discipline differences over the course of the academic career.
Baldwin, Roger G.
Lunceford, Christina J.
Vanderlinden, Kim E.
Universities and colleges -- United States -- Faculty.
Middle-aged persons -- Employment -- United States.
This explanatory study employs developmental theory and NSOPF-99 data to illuminate the middle years of faculty life, an ill-defined and largely unexamined portion of the academic career. The study's findings suggest that the middle years of faculty life have distinctive attributes, pose special challenges, and deserve systematic investigation by scholars. The study lays a foundation for research needed to fill a gap in our knowledge and understanding of the faculty life cycle.