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ERIC Number: ED479089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 252
Abstractor: N/A
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A Case Study of Select Illinois Community College Board Chair Perspectives on Their Leadership Role.
Donahue, John
Three Illinois community college chairs were selected to participate in this study, which examined the challenges faced by community college board chairs. In Illinois, the chair is an elected official, who has been selected by her or his fellow trustees to fulfill a statutory obligation and to serve the college in a leadership position. The author employed a qualitative study and multiple-case study design, using interviews, observations, document analysis, field notes, and a reflective journal. The leadership qualities of the chair have not been studied as extensively as those of the president. This document suggests that this study is needed for the following reasons: (1) community colleges are responsible for the education of over 50% of students enrolled in higher education courses; (2) there will be a significant number of first-time presidents in the near future due to current presidents' reaching retirement age; and (3) the development of effective leadership from the chair is an area of concern. This study asks two questions: What elements constitute the perspective of community college board chairs on their leadership roles? What variables influence this perspective? The themes that emerged from the data as elements that constituted the chairs' perspective on their leadership role were facilitation, communication, information, participation, expectation, and collaboration. Research instruments appended. (Contains 139 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois