ERIC Number: ED417789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Community College Presidency at the Millennium.
Vaughan, George B.; Weisman, Iris M.
Based on a 1996 national study of community college presidents, this monograph presents a snapshot of presidents' personal and professional characteristics. A preface describes the purpose of the study and reviews methodology, indicating that the Career and Lifestyle Survey (CLS) was sent to 926 presidents, resulting in 680 responses, and that in-depth telephone interviews were conducted with 13 presidents. Chapter 1 presents background information on the CLS and reviews general characteristics of past presidents involved in the foundation of colleges in the 1960s and 1970s. Chapter 2 presents findings related to respondents' personal characteristics, including: (1) demographics; (2) educational and family background; and (3) lifestyle factors, such as geographic mobility, social affiliations, and leisure activities. Chapter 3 focuses on professional characteristics including work background, professional activities and attitudes, employment status, and plans to leave the presidency. Chapter 4 summarizes comments from the 13 presidents interviewed regarding the community college mission, available resources, and existing threats. Chapter 5 provides a comparison of presidential characteristics by race and gender and reviews issues related to increasing the representation of women and minorities in the presidency. Chapter 6 reviews respondents' techniques for establishing and maintaining relationships with college boards and faculty. Chapter 7 addresses issues facing college leaders in the next four or five years and respondents' strategies for preparing for the future. The CLS and telephone interview questions are appended. (BCY)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, College Administration, College Presidents, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Females, Leadership Qualities, Males, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, American Association of Community Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036 (Order No. 1418, $26 members; $33 non-members).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.