ERIC Number: ED459878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
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Mission Accretion in the California Community Colleges.
Gaskin, Lori L.
This study examines mission accretion, or the process by which the mission of the community college has broadened over time, in California's community colleges. The historical community college emphasis on transfer, occupational and remedial education, and community service has expanded to include the nontraditional educational initiatives of economic and workforce development, social service/community development, and K-12 school reform. This study also examines the hypothesis that no differences in attitude regarding community college mission accretion exist between key leadership groups. The key leadership groups studied were governing board presidents, chief executive officers, and academic senate presidents. 0f the 308 subjects targeted for the study, 219 responded to the questionnaire, for an overall response rate of 71%. Findings indicated that statistically significant differences in attitude surfaced across all hypotheses. With respect to the ability of community colleges to effectively achieve their traditional goals in light of mission accretion, chief executive officers and academic senate presidents differed significantly in their attitudes. Chief executive officers also varied from the other leadership groups in their perceptions regarding the suitability and appropriateness of the new, expansive roles. Findings suggest that the attitudes held by the leadership groups seem to be principally influenced by the respondent's position within an institution rather than by selected institutional characteristics. Includes survey instruments. (Contains 184 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, College Preparation, College Role, Community Colleges, Community Development, Community Involvement, Economic Development, Labor Force, Questionnaires, Role of Education, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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