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ERIC Number: ED554504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 71
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-2125-5
A Systems Thinking Approach to Leadership and Change: Community College
Jones, Anthony
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
This is a research-based action and strategy planning study incorporating a holistic systems approach to program continuance at a local college. In the spring semester of 2010, the college administration decided to discontinue three programs at the college due to declining enrollment. One of these programs was the Real Estate Department which had undergone a leadership change 4 years prior to my study. The study was designed to review the leadership associated with the real estate department and to research the issues involved in the discontinuing or continuing of the real estate programs at Mission College and for the community at large. As such I examined, designed, and provided a strategy for Mission College as well as for other colleges giving consideration to discontinuing or continuing programs culminating in a presentation to the Mission College Academic Senate, a governance body, providing evidence and recommendations to enlighten their voting decision. A continuance strategy plan was researched, conceived, written, and submitted to the Academic Senate and presented to the voting members and their president in April 2010. The final vote took place in May 2010 and the Senate voted to continue the Mission College real estate program as outlined in this strategy. The two other programs were voted down and are now discontinued. The leadership lessons learned from this process included a) how to work with a governing board; b) how to research, gather, prepare, document and report relevant data to better prepare key decision makers; c) how to observe the impact upon systems, the organization and the community that may be the result of a governing decision--including the impact upon minority members within a community; d) how to follow the protocol of an organization and governing body involving the compilation and submission of information. [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