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Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) (Vol 1 No 1)
Article Title: Challenges Encountered by University Administrators in Performance Management and Job Satisfaction of Academic Staff in Kenyan Universities
by Dr. Henry Kiptiony Kiplangat, Dr. Sr. Marcella Momanyi and Dr. Ngigi Simon Kangethe

Globally, university education is recognised as essential for socio-economic and political societal transformation and Kenya has heavily invested in it. Nevertheless, attaining high levels of academic staff job satisfaction has proved to be challenging for university managements. This paper, therefore, sought to investigate the challenges encountered by the University management in performance management and job satisfaction in Kenyan universities. This study was carried out in chartered universities in Rift Valley Region (RVR) of Kenya. The study targeted 2,773 members of university management and lecturers in the chartered public and private universities with their main campuses in RVR with a sample of 605 participants. Convergent parallel mixed methods design was employed with census, random and systematic sampling used to select the respondents. Purposive sampling was also used to select information-rich cases. Questionnaires, interview and document analysis guides were the main data collection instruments. Data analysis was done by coding and categorizing qualitative data into themes while quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficient, independent-samples t-test, One-way ANOVA and regression coefficients, with the use of the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 20.It was established that the challenge of insufficient funds was the most crippling for university management. The author, however, recommends that university management should address the emerging challenges relating to limited resources, poor communication and bureaucratic procurement procedures among others as identified in this paper.The results obtained in this paper will add to knowledge base in the Human Resource field. The challenges and solutions presented if taken into consideration by management, will improve job satisfaction among academic staff in universities for better productivity in teaching, research and community service.
Keywords: University administrators, Performance management, Challenges, University management, Job satisfaction
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Michigan State University
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