ERIC Number: ED475430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
The Institutional Context of Community College Administration. AACC Research Brief. Leadership Series.
Amey, Mariliyn J.; VanDerLinden, Kim E.
This research report examines community college administrators' perspectives on institutional missions and priorities, while taking note of regional differences in their views. The brief also examines factors that keep administrators engaged and satisfied in their positions. The research reported here comes from a national survey that used a stratified random sample of 1,700 community college administrators across 14 position codes, drawn from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) data bank. Data collection efforts yielded a 54% usable survey response rate. The instrument consisted of 34 open-ended, closed-ended, and Likert-scale questions. The report is divided into the following categories: (1) important external issues facing community colleges; (2) important internal issues facing community colleges; (3) important technology issues facing community colleges; (4) what keeps administrators in their positions; (5) administrators' satisfaction levels with aspects of their institutions; (6) administrators' satisfaction levels with the quality of support for women's and minority issues; and (7) administrators' satisfaction levels with aspects of their careers. Some of the findings regarding internal issues include: 54% of administrators rated student retention as very important, and 51% rated creation of new program delivery systems as very important. Only 22% considered faculty compensation to be very important, while 15% considered collective bargaining to be very important. (NB)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Administrators, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Institutional Mission, Participant Satisfaction, Technology, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Community College Press, P.O. Box 311, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 (Sold in packs of 20 for $20). Tel: 800-250-6557 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.