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Initiative on the Status of
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Initiative on the Status of
Women at UW-Green Bay

Status of Women on the
UW-Green Bay Campus

Identified Needs and
Proposed Action Steps

Committee Recommendations

Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix IIa

Appendix III

Appendix IIIa

Appendix IIIb

Appendix IV

Appendix III

UW-Green Bay Climate Study Summary

Created and administered by the Hiring, Promotion and Retention Work Team.

Purpose:
To accurately describe the perceptions of newly hired male and female employees about the working climate at UW-Green Bay.

Method:
An interview guide was developed and tested. It was designed to explore newly hired employee perceptions (see Appendix IIIB). The guide allowed qualitative and quantitative data to be collected.

A stratified random sample was created using the following procedures:

  • Recently hired employees were categorized into three groups: assistant professors, academic staff hired within 3 years, and classified staff hired within 3 years.

  • Within each group males and females were randomly selected for interviews based upon the percentage represented in the pool.

  • If for some reason an individual could not be interviewed, the individual was randomly replaced with another person drawn from the same "pool."

Consequently, the sample of 87 subjects consisted of 1/3 assistant professors, 1/3 academic staff, and 1/3 classified staff. Males comprised 41% of the sample and females 59%.

Two procedures were used to analyze the data. Standard statistical tests (e.g. ANOVA) were used to analyze the quantitative data. Second, content analysis procedures were used to analyze the interview results. Two researchers independently read responses to each question from a particular group of subjects. Next the researchers discussed and developed a group of categories that summarized the respondents' comments. Then the researchers counted the number of comments that fell into each category.

Results:
Based on the analyses, the following findings were made:

  • In general, UW-Green Bay employees rated the climate, orientation, and mentoring "above-average." although there was clearly room for improvement in all three areas (see Table 1).

  • The quantitative data revealed no significant differences regarding the climate and orientation based on gender (see Table 1).

  • While males and females rated the climate and orientation in similar ways, their reasons for their ratings differed (see summary of content analysis).

  • The quantitative data revealed that females expressed significantly more concerns about mentoring than males (see Table 1). In particular females expressed more concern than males with the following issues: availability of mentors, confusing, biased and misleading advice and overall unsupportive nature of the mentor.

  • The analyses revealed no significant differences regarding the climate, orientation and mentoring based on job classification (see Table 2).

  • The analyses revealed that female faculty members expressed significantly more concerns about mentoring than male faculty members (see Table 3). There were no significant differences on other items based on classification.

Table 1

Responses by Gender

Total

Mean

Male (36) Mean

Female (51)
Mean

Significant

(<.05)

Climate:

Supportive vs. Unsupportive

7.3

7.5

7.1

Orientation:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

6.5

7.0

6.2

Mentoring:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

6.9

7.8

6.3

x

Note: We used a 0 - 10 scale with “0” indicating unsupportive or inadequate,  “10” indicating supportive or adequate, and “5” the midpoint.



Table 2

Responses by Classification

Total

Mean

Faculty

(29)

Academic
Staff (29)

Classified

 Staff (29)

Significant

(<.05)

Climate:

Supportive vs. Unsupportive    

7.3

7.3

7.3

7.3

Orientation:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

6.5

6.7

6.6

6.2

Mentoring:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

6.9

7.1

6.5

7.1



Table 3

Faculty Ratings by Gender

Total

Mean

Male (15) Mean

Female (14) Mean

Significant

(<.05)

Climate:

Supportive vs. Unsupportive

7.3

7.7

6.8

Orientation:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

6.7

6.7

6.7

Mentoring:

Adequate vs. Inadequate

7.1

8.1

6.1

x

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