ERIC Number: ED203918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Characteristics and Conditions of a Successful Community College Foundation. Resource Paper No. 23.
Duffy, Edward F.
In 1978-79 a study was conducted to identify the characteristics of a successful community college foundation and the conditions that foster foundation success. A review of the literature and a panel of experts were used to identify seven characteristics and 22 conditions associated with a successful foundation, and presidents and development officers from colleges with successful foundations were asked to rank order these characteristics and conditions. The top-ranked characteristics were strong public relations, involvement of community leaders and potential donors as members of the foundation, and the use of the foundation as a vehicle for community involvement in the college. The top-ranked conditions that foster success were organized and defined planning efforts, a governing board that is aware of its roles and responsibilities, and a clear statement of purpose for the foundation. Three themes summarize the conditions proposed by the panel of experts and validated by the community college administrators: planning, communication, and motivation. The study report reviews the history of foundations, shows the rank-orderings of the conditions and characteristics, and outlines conclusions and recommendations for further study. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Resource Development, Washington, DC.