ERIC Number: ED443465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-7
Women Chief Academic Officers of Public Community Colleges: Significant Predictors for Their Career Paths.
McKenney, Cynthia B.; Cejda, Brent D.
As women now comprise 39% of the chief academic officer (CAO) positions, the focus of this investigation was the career paths and mobility factors of women CAOs in public comprehensive community colleges. This survey of 142 women resulted in eight distinct, common pathways by which women attain this rank. The typical profile of a female CAO is a married Caucasian woman who is 51 years old and has held her current position for about five years. Her career path began as a faculty member, she held two administrative appointments, and her immediately prior position was as a primary academic administrator. A Chi-Square Automatic Interaction Detector (CHAID) analysis of CAOs revealed the most significant career path predictors to be entry port, number of higher education positions held, and the immediately prior position. When focusing specifically on women CAOs, the first prior position is the most significant predictor. Career paths are determined by a wide array of personal and environmental factors. Included at the end of this report are a chart of the most common three-position career paths for women CAOs, CHAID analysis tree for the career path of women CAOs, and tables of women CAO's: first prior position, number of positions held, years served, frequency distribution (%) of mobility type, ethnic representation, and current marital status. (Contains 31 references.) (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock. Coll. of Education.
Note: Presented at Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges 42nd, Washington, D.C., April 7-8, 2000).