ERIC Number: EJ1055192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
Credentialing Structures, Pedagogies, Practices, and Curriculum Goals: Trajectories of Change in Community College Mission Statements
Ayers, David F.
Community College Review, v43 n2 p191-214 Apr 2015
Objective: To examine the discursive strategies deployed by community colleges to sustain legitimacy in an evolving and contradictory institutional environment. Method: Using corpus linguistics software, I compared 1,009 mission statements from 2012-2013 with a reference corpus of 427 mission statements from 2004. Results: Keywords analysis, collocation analysis, and concordance analysis suggest that mission statements have changed along four discourse trajectories: credentialing structures, pedagogies, practices, and curriculum goals. Contributions: These findings situate the community college as a point of entry into understanding the relations among institutional legitimacy and a changing cultural, political, and economic milieu.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Institutional Mission, Position Papers, Comparative Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Computer Software, Discourse Analysis, Organizational Communication, Information Retrieval, Credentials, College Instruction, Educational Practices, College Curriculum, Educational Objectives, Educational Change
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Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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