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ERIC Number: ED548840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 207
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-5619-0
Exploring Perceptions of Private University Education by Hiring Professionals in Ghana
Mainu, Eric
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, Northcentral University
This quantitative study explored the perceptions of private university education compared to public university education by hiring professionals in Ghana using four dimensions: quality of degree and diploma programs, credibility of degree and diploma programs, characteristics of graduating student applicants, and skills of graduating student applicants. Any inequality in perception potentially negatively affects employment opportunities and career advancement for employees obtaining their qualifications through private universities and university colleges. The research study included a paper-and-pencil type survey. A Likert-type questionnaire was administered to 150 hiring professionals selected through purposeful sampling from government agencies and organizations that maintain membership or affiliation with the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The within-subjects analysis of variance test was used to examine and compare any significant differences. Differences between the four dimension scores were identified, F (3, 432) = 54.41, p = 0.001. Bonferroni post hoc tests found the mean rating for skills of graduating student applicants (M= 2.69) to be significantly higher at the p < 0.05 level than for any of the ratings given to any of the other three dimensions. Characteristics of graduating student applicants ( M = 2.28) and quality of degree programs (M = 2.17) were both rated significantly higher (p < 0.05) than credibility of degree programs (M = 2.01). A multiple regression analysis showed four of the respondents' demographic characteristics were significantly correlated with the total perception score. The total perception score was higher when respondents worked in the education and training sector (ß = 0.22, p = 0.02), when the organization had fewer positions that required a university degree (ß = -0.20, p = 0.02), when respondents pursued a greater amount of courses from a private university or university college (ß = -0.24, p = 0.01), and when respondents participated in a course organized by a private university or university college (ß = -0.21, p = 0.03). Policy makers and stakeholders in higher education might use the implications of the findings of the current research to improve ways in which private university education can be responsive to human capital development in Ghana. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ghana