ERIC Number: EJ1104512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Faculty Perceptions of Administrator Influence on Academic Quality in For-Profit Vocational Higher Education
Booton, Carol M.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v64 n2 p112-124 2016
Academic quality in for-profit vocational college programs is a concern for all stakeholders, especially nontraditional college students. The purpose of this study was to expand understanding of how administrators and owners of for-profit (proprietary) colleges influence academic quality in on-ground vocational college programs. A phenomenological method was used to gather the lived experiences of 10 faculty members who taught in these programs at two for-profit vocational colleges in a large metropolitan area in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The study was organized using a systems-thinking framework. Participants were aware that the primary purpose of their for-profit institutions was to generate a profit. Most of the faculty interviewed for this study thought the administrators and owner of both institutions focused too much on profits and too little on education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Vocational Education, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Role, Educational Quality, Proprietary Schools, Phenomenology, Systems Approach, Semi Structured Interviews, Input Output Analysis, Educational Practices, Outcomes of Education, Institutional Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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