Personal Characteristics and Adversity Quotient of Academic Administrators among Selected State Universities and Colleges in Eastern Visayas, Philippines

Analiza B. Calles, Loreta M. Besoyo


Given the high degree of accountability and responsibility of academic administrators in leading and managing the school organization, their ability to withstand adversity and unprecedented difficulties called adversity quotient (AQ) is vital. This study aimed to determine the relationship between academic administrators' personal characteristics and their AQ. Respondents consisted of 108 administrators from selected state universities and colleges in Eastern Visayas Region. Data were gathered using a questionnaire that elicited personal characteristics and AQ. The control, ownership, reach and endurance (CORE) are the dimensions that measured the level of AQ. Most of the academic administrators were female, married and in middle adult age group. The highest educational qualifications attained by the respondents were doctorate degrees and they have been in the academe for more than 21 years with academic rank of Associate Professors I-V. Results revealed that in general, respondents have low AQ which indicate their low capacity to be resilient on adversities and challenges. Age, civil status and highest educational attainment are the best predictors of reach. Only the academic rank was a significant predictor for endurance. The level of control and reach of the respondents had significant relationship to adversity quotient.


adversity quotient profile, adversity quotient dimensions, control, ownership, reach, endurance, resilience


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