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ERIC Number: ED550003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 190
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2671-6798-9
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Leadership Competencies of Community College Senior Student Affairs Officers in the United States
Rodkin, Daniel Michael
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The purpose of this study was to assess community college senior student affairs officers' demographics, educational backgrounds, and leadership development experiences, as related to their mastery of the leadership skills outlined in the American Association of Community Colleges "Competencies for Community College Leaders" (AACC "Competencies") (2005), and to determine which of these leadership skills is deemed most critical for community college senior student affairs officers to perform their jobs effectively. Furthermore, this study examined community college senior student affairs officers' perceptions of their preparedness for the AACC "Competencies", and explored a variety of methods for providing leadership development. The population for this study was community college senior student affairs officers in the United States, who were either listed in the "2011 Higher Education Directory" or the "2010 National Council for Student Development Membership Directory." A total of 308 community college senior student affairs officers responded to "The Community College Senior Student Affairs Officer: Demographics and Leadership Survey." Findings reveal that: (a) overall, community college senior student affairs officers rated the leadership skills identified by the AACC "Competencies" as important or very important; (b) community college senior student affairs officers rated their preparedness for the AACC "Competencies" significantly lower than they rated the leadership skills' importance; (c) earning an EdD and participating in mentoring relationships as a protege both played a significant role in helping community college senior student affairs officers feel more prepared for the senior-level position; (d) participating in leadership development programs did not result in community college senior student affairs officers reporting a significantly higher level of preparedness for the AACC "Competencies"; and (e) institutional characteristics had a minimal impact on community college senior student affairs officers' perceptions of the importance of the AACC "Competencies." This study provides new knowledge about the application of the AACC "Competencies" to the training and development of community college senior student affairs officers. The findings can be used by professional organizations, state associations, university graduate programs, and community college student affairs divisions, to inform how these groups provide training and professional development for student affairs professionals. Additionally, community college student affairs professionals who aspire to serve as senior-level administrators could use this study's results to guide their professional development. Specifically, these individuals should obtain an EdD, develop at least one mentoring relationship, and experience a broad perspective of student affairs at the community college level. (Full text of this dissertation may be available via the University of Florida Libraries web site. Please check http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html) [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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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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