Fall 2015

Articles

Corporate Culture and University Goal Achievement in South-West Zone, Nigeria

By: Rasaq L. Abdulkareem, Adaramaja A. Sheu, and David J. Kayode

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between culture and university goal achievement in South west geo-political zone, Nigeria. Specifically, the purpose was to find out the nature of the corporate culture and university goal achievement as well as to determine the relationship between corporate culture and university goal achievement in South west geo-political zone, Nigeria. Three research questions were raised to guide the study.

Survey research design was adopted in carrying out this study. The sample of the study was 1361 lecturers and 96,595 graduate of the five federal universities in South west geo-political zone between 2008/2009-2012/2013 academic sessions. The sample was selected using proportional sampling technique for the lecturers while purposive sampling technique was used for selecting the students. A questionnaire titled corporate culture questionnaire and student academic performance pro-forma were used to collect information for this study. The instruments were validated and the reliability value was 0.69. The research questions were answered using percentage and Pearson moment correlation statistic. The findings of the study include; that the corporate culture in South west universities is both collegial and bureaucratic in nature; that university goals have been achieved to a high extent in South west geo-political zone, Nigeria and; there is significant relationship between corporate culture and university goal achievement in South west geo-political zone, Nigeria. Based on the findings of the study, it is therefore recommended that university administration should ensure that team work, lecturers’ development and research collaborations strive in the universities to ensure high university goal achievement.

Threat Assessment and Targeted Violence at Institutions of Higher Education: Implications for Policy and Practice Including Unique Considerations for Community Colleges

By: Laura Bennett and Michael Bates

Abstract
This article provides an overview of the research on targeted violence, including campus violence, and the implications for policy and practice at institutions of higher education. Unique challenges of threat assessment in the community college setting are explored, and an overview of an effective threat assessment policy and team at William Rainey Harper College is provided as an example.

The Professional Development Plan of a Health Care Workforce as a Qualitative Indicator of the Health Care System’s Well-Being

By: Anna Saiti and Vasiliki Mylona

Abstract
The quality of a health care system is heavily dependent on a capable and skillful health care workforce so as to guarantee the delivery of quality health care services to its user groups. Hence, only through continuous training and development can the health care workforce follow rapid scientific progress while equitably balancing investment efficiency in the health care sector. The purpose of this study was, through the factor analysis of principal components, to identify the factors of satisfaction regarding the professional development and training policies as experienced by the Greek health care workforce. This study supports the view that only an education policy based on professional development and training is a fundamental factor for any sector and should aim to respond to the need for quality services.

Book Review

Locus of authority: The evolution of faculty roles in the governance of higher education

By: Daniel Easton