Genesee Beats Other SUNY Colleges on Faculty Satisfaction,

Faculty members at Genesee Community College are more satisfied with their work and their college than colleagues at other SUNY institutions, according to a new State University of New York survey.

SUNY conducted the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) survey during the spring of 2002. The survey was distributed to all full-time faculty members working at SUNY's 64 campuses, including Genesee and the other 29 community colleges. Genesee's response rate was the 10th highest among all community colleges, and the results showed a number of sharp differences between faculty attitudes at Genesee and faculty attitudes at other community colleges. For example:

  • Fifty-six percent of Genesee faculty rated "mentoring new faculty" as a high priority at Genesee, compared with 38% of faculty at all SUNY community colleges.
  • Sixty-four percent of Genesee faculty rated "faculty respect for each other" as a highly descriptive attribute of the College. Forty-seven percent of faculty at all community colleges rated their institutions in this manner.
  • Fifty-nine percent of Genesee faculty indicated that it was "easy for students to see faculty outside of regular office hours," compared to 49% of faculty in all community colleges.
  • Ninety-one percent of Genesee faculty said that students are not treated like "numbers in a book" at Genesee, compared to 83% of faculty at other community colleges.
  • Eighty-eight percent of Genesee faculty rated their relationships with administrators as satisfactory or very satisfactory. Only 62% of faculty at SUNY community colleges agreed with this statement.

    Overall, the survey findings indicate that Genesee's faculty appears satisfied with the atmosphere at the College, Vice President for Human Resources Larene Hoelcle told the Board this evening. Just as significant, the survey showed no "red flags" indicating serious problems, she said.

    "One of the things that makes a college great is continuous assessment," she said. "Whether it's through formal surveys or informal listening, the more we learn about potential problems, the more we can take action to head them off and do things better. That is always our goal at Genesee.

    "We also aim for broad-based discussion of issues. We try to involve all segments of the college community - faculty, staff, and students - whenever we face subjects of importance. I believe the results of the HERI survey suggest that we're doing something right. Obviously, we are very gratified by these results."

    President Stuart Steiner said that the results reflect both the high caliber of Genesee's faculty and the commitment faculty members show toward students. "I am very pleased with the results of the HERI survey but, given the outstanding faculty we have at Genesee, I am not surprised," he said. "The results show that our faculty are deeply committed to students. Our faculty is a continual source of pride to me, and a source of pride to everyone at Genesee."

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