Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
George A. Jackson
Daniel C. Robinson
The purpose of this study was to examine whether faculty and administrators had different perceptions on the impact of cultural synergy as an approach to understand and manage cultural diversity in higher education. These perceptions were examined to identify whether there was an impact by the respondents' race and gender. The challenges facing higher education in dealing with diversity issues on campus and in the curriculum were discussed in this study and issues such as racism, affirmative action, and employee demographics were reviewed. The cultural synergy approach was examined by looking at various models;The population surveyed included all faculty and administrators at the University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida. The data were analyzed using multiple regression. There were no significant differences between faculty and administrators on the eight research questions developed for this study. Some of the sporadic results identified that there seemed to be the greatest differences in the responses to the survey by gender. Overall, the results suggest that administrators and faculty did not have significantly different responses by race or across colleges.
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R. Mary Thomas-Gallet
Thomas-Gallet, R. Mary, "Cultural synergy: an analysis of the impact of gender and race on the perceptions of administrators and faculty on understanding and managing diversity in higher education " (1998). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 11816.