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Do non-academic professionals enhance universities’ performance? Reputation vs. organisation

Baltaru, R (2018) 'Do non-academic professionals enhance universities’ performance? Reputation vs. organisation.' Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

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Abstract

Universities are increasingly engaging with non-academic professionals in facilitating performance outcomes, reaffirming themselves as purposive organisations, i.e. institutions with the ability to organise strategically in the pursuit of goals and standards. However, there is little empirical evidence for the impact of professional staff on university performance. Drawing on a sample of 100 British universities, the author assesses whether the changes in the ratio of professional staff to students (from 2003 to 2011) influence subsequent university performance. The author finds that universities that are moderately increasing their share of professional staff display higher levels of degree completion, but no significant differences can be observed in terms of research quality, good honours degrees and graduate employability. University performance is largely determined by reputation, prestigious universities performing higher in all dimensions. The findings contribute to the emerging empirical research assessing the impact of professional staff in higher education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: University performance, non-academic professionals, reputation, purposive organisational action, UK
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 14:33
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 14:33
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21383

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