Date of Award

4-1984

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Harold Boles

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Ann Bunda

Third Advisor

Dr. Denenfeld

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to answer the following question: What is the relationship between the gender of administrators at Western Michigan University and the perceptions of factors and qualities significant to employee selection and promotion? Specific questions were: (1) Do male ratings of each variable--aptitudes, attitudes, capacity for work, knowledge, personality, political factors, preferences, skills, social factors, wants--differ from female ratings of each variable when the variable is considered in relationship to selection of higher education administrators? (2) Do male ratings of each variable--aptitudes, attitudes, capacity for work, knowledge, personality, political factors, preferences, skills, social factors, wants--differ from female ratings of each variable when the variable is considered in relationship to promotion of higher education administrators?

The research sample was selected from executive and professional/administrative non-bargaining-unit employees whose positions were included in the University Classifications and Compensation Study Evaluation results at Western Michigan University. Randomized blocks were used to draw a sample of 25 men and 25 women to be included in the study; 100% responded.

The data were gathered from the administrators by the use of the Personnel Evaluation Questionnaire, developed by the researcher for this study. The questionnaire was comprised of 284 items which measured 10 variables, each related to selection and promotion.

Using the Personnel Evaluation Questionnaire, the mean score on each variable was determined for females and again for males. Comparisons were made for each variable using an analysis of variance (ANOVA) for randomized blocks.

Using an alpha of .10, there were no significant differences between male and female ratings of each variable--aptitudes, attitudes, capacity for work, knowledge, personality, political factors, preferences, skills, social factors, wants--when the variable was considered in relationship to selection or promotion of higher education administrators.

There was no relationship between the gender of administrators at Western Michigan University and the criteria perceived to be significant to administrators' selection and promotion.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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