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ERIC Number: ED547020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 105
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-1700-5
An Analysis of the Collaborations between the California Workforce Investment Boards and the California Community Colleges
Culver-Dockins, Natalie
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, Fresno
Various types of partnerships exist between community colleges and community agencies, groups, and organizations (Cohen & Brawer, 2003). Community colleges partner with business and industry, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and other educational institutions. One such partnership is between California community colleges and Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs). The purpose of the study was to analyze the relationships that exist between California community colleges and their Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIBs). The focus areas in this study included characteristics of collaboration, models of collaboration, and processes by which colleges and LWIBs collaborate. The study examined what collaborative relationships exist and determined which colleges and LWIBs perceive their collaborations as successful. Communication, process and structure, membership characteristics, and other key components in collaboration were analyzed. Major findings included that overall LWIBs perceived their collaborations with community colleges as slightly more successful than community colleges perceived their collaborations with LWIBs. Between the community colleges and the LWIBs, community college upper administration perceived their collaboration highest. Of the six Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory factor groups, Environment had the highest overall mean indicating that this factor group was perceived as being the most influential factor contributing to successful collaboration. There is both practical and theoretical significance in this research study. The practical significance is that the results will help California community colleges and Local Workforce Investment Boards understand their collaborative dynamics. The theoretical significance is that this study will add to the body of literature on how to improve collaboration between dissimilar organizations. [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: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California