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Perceptions of Trust in Two Year Colleges

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TITLE Perceptions of Trust in Two Year Colleges
RESEARCHER Marilyn Kay Krasowki
Graduate School
University of Minnesota
Doctoral Dissertation: October 1997

To determine the perceptions and misperceptions about trust and/or mistrust in academic administrators and possible identification of situations that either cemented trust or eroded trust.

Participants involved administrators of two-year colleges and universities in Minnesota. Sixty-two of the 92 administrators responded (68.5%), as did 64.5% of their employees (N=175). In addition to providing demographic data, respondents completed the Credibility Factor Index (CFI), based upon the credibility work of Kouzes and Posner (1995), and ten additional personal response items.

There was not the credibility gag between the perceptions of the administrators and their employees as was expected.