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ERIC Number: ED514393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9804-6
Examining Administrators and Faculty Perspectives regarding Community College Baccalaureate Degrees in Texas
Petrosian, Anahid
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
To stay competitive in the knowledge-based global economy, businesses in the United States need access to employees with bachelor's degrees. However, there is a growing gap between employers' demand and the supply of baccalaureate graduates from four-year colleges and universities. To expand access to bachelor's degrees, legislators in 18 states have expanded community college degree granting authority to include baccalaureate degrees. Nevertheless, there is little research regarding the development of Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) degrees. The current study addressed a gap in research by examining factors identified through literature review that may have contributed to the development of CCB degrees. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to examine faculty and administrator perspectives from three community colleges regarding factors, such as student's need for baccalaureate degrees, workforce need for employees with bachelor's degrees, college's relations with area universities, and expansion of a college's mission, which may have contributed to development of CCB degrees in Texas. Data from a random sample of 530 individuals from Brazosport College, Midland College, and South Texas College were collected through a Web-based questionnaire. Correlation coefficients were computed among four variables of student need, workforce need, college relations, and college mission to determine possible correlations between all possible pairs of variables and to assess whether association existed among all variables or only among certain variables. The results indicated positive correlations among all four variables. Results revealed a strong positive correlation between student need and workforce need "r" (359) = 0.82, p less than 0.008. This high correlation might be explained because the specific CCB degrees developed in Texas were designed to address both students and workforce needs In this study, it was concluded that respondents perceived factors of student need and workforce need having had the greatest influence in development of CCB degrees in Texas. Therefore, it is recommended leaders at community colleges exploring CCB degree option assess student need and workforce need in their area before starting the process. In addition, further research is needed to determine the effect of the CCB degrees on baccalaureate degree attainment rates in states that offer such degrees. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas