Date of Award


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University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Education

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Professor Philip A. Bradley


The purpose of this study was to identify those factors that are perceived to affect the effectiveness of faculty development programs in historically black undergraduate colleges and universities. A Perception of Faculty Development Programs Survey was sent to 672 deans, department chairpersons, and faculty members at 95 black institutions. Findings indicate that perceptions among deans, department chairpersons, and faculty members were compatible. Data concerning major goals and purposes, those goals that are perceived as being adequately and inadequately met, enhancers and inhibitors of program effectiveness, and factors which affect those perceptions were generated from this study. Funding was perceived to be the major inhibitor of faculty development efforts and improving instructional skills was perceived as the major faculty development goal.

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