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ERIC Number: ED410861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-19
Pages: 26
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A Longitudinal Study of Institutional Autonomy in Thirty Community Colleges. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Voogt, Anita Claire; Volkwein, James Fredericks
This longitudinal multi-method study assessed changes in institutional autonomy at 30 community colleges in one state. Six years after legislated changes intended to increase autonomy and create a uniform fiscal operation system had been implemented, the study found that changes in autonomy in selected fiscal, personnel, and operational matters were inconsistent and incomplete. Investigators concluded that as the resource dependency theory suggests, connections between state-legislated changes and real change at the local level are complicated and slow to develop. The paper reviews the conceptual framework; discusses related institutional characteristics, contextual variables, and political strategies; and lists the measures of fiscal, personnel, and operational autonomy used. The data were based on questionnaires completed for two unpublished institutional autonomy surveys, the first conducted in 1988 just prior to the legislated changes, and the second in 1995; the response rate for both surveys was 100 percent. Tables list the autonomy measures and some survey data. (Contains 33 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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