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Challenges and Opportunities on Health Sciences Regional Campuses

A Multidiscipline, Multicampus Survey

Page, Robin L.; Pepper, Catherine; VanBuren, Vincent

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000475
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AIM We explored faculty and staff perceptions of the challenges and opportunities of working on regional campuses of a large academic health science center.

BACKGROUND The growth of multicampus academic institutions presents numerous issues for intercampus planning and for organizational/professional relationships. We were interested in learning how regional campus faculty and staff experienced these issues, with the practical goal of making recommendations to both central and regional campus administrations.

METHOD A cross-sectional, online survey was distributed to faculty and staff who worked at regional campuses of a large health sciences university.

RESULTS Regional faculty and staff felt more valued by local colleagues and administrators than by their central campus counterparts. Top challenges were central administration’s lack of communication and understanding of regionals’ unique circumstances and needs.

CONCLUSION Regional campuses’ workplace experience is significantly different from that of central campus. More timely communication and active solicitation of regional campus input are needed.

About the Authors Robin L Page, PhD, RN, CNM, is an assistant professor, College of Nursing, Texas A&M University, Bryan/College Station, Texas. Catherine Pepper, MLIS, MPH, is an associate professor/library field services coordinator, Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University, Round Rock, Texas. Vincent VanBuren, PhD, is an instructional assistant professor, Department of Primary Care Medicine, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Round Rock, Texas. The authors thank Sharon Wilkerson, PhD, RN, former dean and professor emeritus, Texas A&M University College of Nursing, for her support of this study and resulting manuscript. For more information, contact Dr. Page at page@tamhsc.edu.

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

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© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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