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ERIC Number: ED534432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-3242-3
U.S. Community College Professional Staff Seek South African Doctoral Degrees: An Analysis of an International Doctoral Program Partnership
Ryan, Margaret Vail
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington
Prominent challenges facing contemporary community colleges are enhancing leadership capacity and serving their diverse student populations. While doctoral education constitutes a mainstay strategy for developing community college leaders, community college professionals face constraints accessing doctoral programs. The innovation of an international graduate-program partnership designed for community college professionals offers promise for building a cadre of leaders who generate relevant dissertation knowledge within the context of community college practice. The purpose of this qualitative study is to describe, analyze and interpret a graduate-program partnership between a U.S. community college and a South African university, specifically designed to develop community college professional leaders. The overall research question is: Why is this partnership emerging and how? The research sites are a suburban U.S. community college and a South African university. These institutions facilitate a doctoral program in Development Studies for a cohort of community college professional staff. The study includes the perspectives of both the administrators who conceived and developed the partnership and the community college professional staff who are enrolled in doctoral studies at the South African university. Literature reviewed for the study includes the community college leadership shortage crisis, successions planning and management, doctoral education in the U.S. and South Africa, and the role of cross-border partnerships. Study data were analyzed using three theoretical lenses: Resource dependency theory, institutional theory, and globalization theory. Findings reveal that this Development Studies graduate program is relevant, convenient, and affordable for community college professional staff. Informed by grounded theory, three themes emerged that contributed to this partnership's development: First, leadership's vision and understanding of the culture and ethos each institution; second, the interdependency between the community college and the university for the preparation of leaders and the development of leadership capacity; and third, the entrepreneurial relationship between the two key decision-makers and their respective institutions. [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; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa