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ERIC Number: ED564659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 196
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-2719-4
Reduced Financial Resources and the Strategic Position of Community Colleges: How an "Embedded Community College" Can Neutralize External Pressures
Namuo, Clyne G. H.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona
This multi-site case study is really the story of three same-state community colleges (Bridge and Buffer Community College, Grants and Reserves Community College, and Crystal Ball Community College) two years after they suffered a potentially catastrophic 50% reduction in state allocations. This study examined their responses to those reductions and attempted to frame those responses according to existing research on strategic activity and strategic positioning. The theoretical framework used, referenced as a theoretical mesh, consisted of academic capitalism (Slaughter & Leslie, 1997; Slaughter & Rhoades, 2004), resource dependence theory (Pfeffer & Salancik, 1978), state relative autonomy perspective (Dougherty, 1994), and neo-institutional theory (DiMaggio & Powell, 1983). The synthesis of these theories facilitated the analysis of the findings of this study. This study identified three key phenomena: "The Quartering of Community Colleges" to conceptualize and organize the abundance of external pressures facing community colleges, "Mandates to Neutralize" to explain the importance of an aggressive and formal approach to neutralizing external pressures, and "Embedded Community Colleges" whose strategic positions are strengthened through a deliberate, committed approach to fostering close relationships with their local communities. [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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