We recently surveyed academic administrators about what professional development experiences they have had, what they provide to junior administrators on their campuses, and what works.

Below are the preliminary results. Check back later for further results and in-depth analysis.

Initial Report

Last Modified: 07/10/2014

Which of the following best describes your role? Please choose the one that BEST applies. You will have an opportunity in the next question to fill in your exact title. For purposes of this question, think generally about your role and select one that is closest, even if the response choice is not your exact title.

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Chief academic officer (e.g. provost, vice president for academic affairs)

 

 

63

42%

2

Associate or Assistant Provost

 

 

10

7%

3

Dean

 

 

69

46%

4

Associate or Assistant Dean

 

 

8

5%

 

Total

 

150

100%

 

 

How many years have you held positions in higher education (including faculty positions)?

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Less than 1 year

 

 

1

1%

2

1-3 years

 

 

8

5%

3

4-7 years

 

 

6

4%

4

8-12 years

 

 

12

8%

5

13-19 years

 

 

26

18%

6

20 or more years

 

 

95

64%

 

Total

 

148

100%

 

 

How many years have you held administrative positions in higher education?

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Less than 1 year

 

 

1

1%

2

1-3 years

 

 

5

3%

3

4-7 years

 

 

18

12%

4

8-12 years

 

 

42

29%

5

13-19 years

 

 

48

33%

6

20 or more years

 

 

33

22%

 

Total

 

147

100%

 

 

How many years have you held your current position?

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Less than 1 year

 

 

9

6%

2

1-3 years

 

 

37

25%

3

4-7 years

 

 

54

37%

4

8-12 years

 

 

34

23%

5

13-19 years

 

 

9

6%

6

20 or more years

 

 

3

2%

 

Total

 

146

100%

 

 

When you took your first position as an academic administrator, what type of training did you receive?Please choose all that apply.

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

My institution provided a training program on campus.

 

 

10

7%

2

I was assigned a mentor on campus.

 

 

9

6%

3

I worked with a mentor whom I chose on an informal basis.

 

 

37

25%

4

I attended a training program provided by an association or a vendor.

 

 

31

21%

5

I educated myself through books and other written materials.

 

 

110

74%

6

Other

 

 

26

18%

 

 

How would you rate the training you received as a new academic administrator? Note:

Answer

 

 

Response

%

A+

 

 

15

12%

A

 

 

5

4%

A-

 

 

11

9%

B+

 

 

4

3%

B

 

 

13

10%

B-

 

 

20

16%

C+

 

 

10

8%

C

 

 

16

13%

C-

 

 

11

9%

D+

 

 

9

7%

D

 

 

4

3%

D-

 

 

7

6%

F

 

 

2

2%

 

Total

 

127

100%

 

 

In the past 12 months, indicate which, if any, of the following professional growth and development activities you have participated in or used? Consider activities and materials that are related to discipline/content area or are more general in nature. Check all that apply.

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Traveled to an in-person workshop/conference

 

 

97

78%

2

Participated an in-person workshop/event on campus

 

 

84

67%

3

Read a journal and/or book

 

 

116

93%

4

Participated in one-on-one/mentoring/coaching (in-person or virtually/online)

 

 

44

35%

5

Viewed a video

 

 

43

34%

6

Participated in online social networking (e.g., collaboration site, blog, bulletin board)

 

 

37

30%

7

Participated in a virtual session/webinar

 

 

60

48%

8

Participated in a "live" (synchronous) online program/course with an instructor/session leader

 

 

19

15%

9

Participated in a self-paced online (asynchronous) program/course (excluding webinar)

 

 

18

14%

10

Listened to an audio session/program

 

 

16

13%

11

Other (please specify)

 

 

8

6%

 

 

 

 

Are you responsible for academic administrators (other than yourself) in terms of growth and  development? Consider all responsibilities such as advising, suggesting development  activities, approving costs, etc.

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

Yes

 

 

108

89%

2

No

 

 

14

11%

 

Total

 

122

100%

 

 

What professional development opportunities does your institution provide for academic administrators? Please choose all that apply.

#

Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

We have a training program on campus.

 

 

36

36%

2

We assign new administrators with a mentor on campus.

 

 

26

26%

3

We send administrators to in-person training programs provided by associations or vendors.

 

 

60

60%

4

We enable administrators to attend virtual training programs such as Webinars.

 

 

70

70%

5

We encourage administrators to read books and other written materials.

 

 

73

73%

6

Other

 

 

19

19%

 

 

 

How do you typically find out about professional growth and development opportunities? Please choose all that apply.

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

From colleagues in my institution (e.g., department chair, faculty, internal communications)

 

 

59

52%

2

Professional associations (including their websites)

 

 

96

85%

3

Email from providers

 

 

82

73%

4

Word of mouth (e.g., colleagues at other institutions)

 

 

57

50%

5

Professional publications (including their websites)

 

 

78

69%

6

Past experience with a provider

 

 

40

35%

7

Internet search (e.g., Google)

 

 

29

26%

8

Direct mailing (printed material sent via mail) from providers

 

 

39

35%

9

Providers’ sales representatives

 

 

4

4%

10

Specific website not associated with publication or association (please specify)

 

 

3

3%

11

We create them ourselves (i.e., we do not use third-party providers)

 

 

11

10%

12

Other (please specify)

 

 

1

1%

 

 

Which category best describes your institution?

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

4-year public

 

 

8

7%

2

4-year public with graduate programs

 

 

31

27%

3

4-year private nonprofit

 

 

12

11%

4

4-year private nonprofit with graduate programs

 

 

36

32%

5

2-year/community college

 

 

20

18%

6

Proprietary/career

 

 

3

3%

7

Other (please specify)

 

 

4

4%

 

Total

 

114

100%

 

 

Please choose one: I am

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Answer

 

 

Response

%

1

male

 

 

58

51%

2

female

 

 

56

49%

 

Total

 

114

100%