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Volume 1, Number 2, March/April 2000

Profile of the CMHE REPORT's "Early Adopters"  

by Bill Warters, Wayne State University

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Prior to the release of the first issue of the REPORT, the Higher Education Focus Project posted a brief online survey and subscription form to help with the planning and design of the newsletter. Despite a number of technological challenges that required some persistence on the part of participants, as of May 9, 2000 I am pleased to note that the Conflict Management in Higher Education Report has logged a total of 245 registered subscribers. I think this is a pretty good start for a new initiative like this one, especially given the minimal publicity (basically a few email list announcements) used to launch of the publication. Because the REPORT is freely available via the web (for the first year at least...), the inaugural issue actually had significantly more than 245 visitors, but it is the registered subscriber base that is described in this brief profile. If you haven't subscribed yet and would like to, please click on the subscribe button to your left at any time during your visit to the newsletter.

Using data from the survey, a snapshot of current subscribers' home institutions, as well as their campus roles, conflict handling experiences, and national organization memberships is provided below. As you will see, the current registered readership is quite diverse, covering the full higher education gamut, including students, staff, faculty and administrators from public and private institutions, large and small.

When reviewing the results, please be aware that not all subscribers provided complete demographic information (it is/was optional), and the total number of people answering any given question varied by category (not all folks answered all questions).

CAMPUS
INSTITUTIONAL TYPE

Totals

Public college/university

128

Private college/university

44

Campus Size
(by Enrollment)

<1000 students

15

1,001-5,000 students

30

5,001-10,000 students

22

10,001-15,000 students

27

15,001-20,000 students

20

>20,000 students

53

 

COUNTRY

Totals

United States

191

Canada

24

Costa Rica

2

New Zealand

2

Israel

1

Japan
1

Netherlands

1

Philippines

1

United Kingdom

1

 

FORMAL ROLES on Campus

Totals n=189

STUDENTS (total)

54

Undergraduate students

14

Masters students

25

Doctoral students

15

FACULTY (total)

60

Part-time Instructors

34

Assistant Professors

6

Associate Professors

11

Full Professors

7

Emeritus faculty

2

STAFF MEMBERS

18

ADMINISTRATORS

39

OMBUDS

29

Outside CONSULTANTS

23

CAMPUS SECURITY

2

 

 Campus Conflict Handling Experiences

Totals

Participants in a Mediation

72

Grievant/Appeals Board Users

24

Litigants

12

Collective bargaining team members

12

Partnering session participants

13

Informal problem solvers

109

Ombuds

39

EEO officers

9

Advocates

25

Informal mediators

118

Formal campus mediators

86

Former high school or middle school mediators

5

Mediation Intake Workers

36

Coordinators of campus mediation initiatives

48

Mediator trainers

98

CR skills trainers

100

Faculty/instructors for ADR Course

69

Conflict Researchers

32

Dispute systems work

57

Judicial board members

14

Appeals board members

15

Grievance board members

15

Administrators addressing conflict internal to their area

29

Administrator addressing conflict external to their area

32

Sexual harassment officers

17

Other

22

 

National Organizations

Members of

ACCUO (Association of Canadian College and University Ombuds)

2

AFM (Academy of Family Mediators)

14

COPRED (Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development)

5

CREnet (Conflict Resolution in Education Network)

28

IACM (International Association for Conflict Management)

1

NAFCM (National Association for Community Mediation)

17

PSA (Peace Studies Association)

2

SPIDR (Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution)

54

TOA (The Ombuds Association)

18

UCOA (University and College Ombuds Association)

32

AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities)

1

AAHE (American Association for Higher Education)

4

ACPA (American College Personnel Association)

8

AERA (American Educational Research Association)

1

ASJA (Association for Student Judicial Affairs)

10

ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education)

2

NACUA (National Association of College and University Attorneys)

4

NASPA (National Association of Student Affairs Professionals)

10

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Page last updated 11/27/2005

A project of Campus Conflict Resolution Resources.
Supported by a FIPSE grant from the US Department of Education
and seed money from the Hewlett Foundation-funded CRInfo project.


Correspondence to CMHE Report
(Attn: Bill Warters)
Campus Conflict Resolution Resources Project
Department of Communication
585 Manoogian Hall
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201.

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