ERIC Number: ED224085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
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Cooperative Education Director's Leadership Styles, Organizational Characteristics and Program Success in United States Colleges and Universities.
Homer, Michael M.
The relationships among the leadership styles of cooperative education directors, the organizational characteristics of cooperative education programs, and program outcomes were investigated through a survey of a random sample of 139 cooperative education directors in two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Cooperative education involves the placement of students in productive work as part of the curriculum. Data on directors' perceptions of their leadership styles were gathered using the Leadership Opinion Questionnaire, which measures leaders' consideration (rapport with subordinates) and "initiating structure" (active arrangement of roles to attain goals). Other variables covered on a second questionnaire included director characteristics; geographic region; two- or four-year institution; organizational characteristics, including centralization, role configuration, program position within the organization, and procedural standardization and formalization; and five measures of program effectiveness, including costs per student placement and the ratio of cooperative to regular students. Statistical analysis revealed that two-year colleges and Northwest colleges were higher on program formalization and configuration, that standardization was positively related to placement costs, and that leadership consideration was positively related to the ratio of cooperative education students. The 16 appendices include a copy of the second questionnaire and additional data. (RW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Characteristics, Administrators, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Leadership Styles, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Utah State University.