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ERIC Number: ED527884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 199
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-8371-6
Understanding How Institutional Leadership Affects Civic Engagement on University Campuses
Burgess, Prairie Leigh
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Arkansas
Higher education in America has a long tradition of civic engagement education. Although there is theoretical and rhetorical support, many institutions still struggle with implementing effective civic engagement on their campuses. The aim of this study was to provide an understanding of factors that contribute to successful civic engagement, specifically focusing on the affect of presidential leadership. The study used a limited sample of two groups to provide comparative analysis and offer much needed statistical research for civic engagement. Institutions were identified through the organization Campus Compact and the Carnegie Foundation's elective Community Engagement classification. Institutions that had joined Campus Compact or applied for the Carnegie classification indicated a mission to civic engagement education. Since recognition with the Carnegie classification is significantly more difficult to obtain that membership in Campus Compact, the Carnegie classification group became the model group for the study. By comparing these two groups through a variety of statistical analysis, conclusions were able to be drawn regarding the extent presidential leadership has on civic engagement and some specific practices that appear to enable success. The findings indicated a significant difference between the model group and the Campus Compact group in multiple areas. Additionally, the study indicated that presidential leadership is a significant factor in the success level of civic engagement efforts, and it identified certain behaviors for effective leadership. [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: Higher Education
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Language: English
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