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ERIC Number: EJ1135210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2161-7252
Party Secretaries in Chinese Higher Education Institutions: What Roles Do They Play?
Jiang, Hua; Li, Xiaobin
Journal of International Education and Leadership, v6 n2 Sum 2016
The Chinese political party in power is the Communist Party. In higher education institutions the Party secretary is a ubiquitous presence. The purpose of this study was to answer the question, "What roles do Party secretaries play?" The Party committee headed by the Party secretary in an institution is supposed to lead the institution. To understand the Chinese higher education system, it is necessary to understand what roles Party secretaries play. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to institution Party secretaries in 15 provinces. KMO analysis and Barlett's sphericity test results indicated the distribution of response values was adequate for factor analysis, which was conducted to answer the research question. Data analysis results indicate that there are four roles Party secretaries play: decision maker, administrator, coordinator, and political power representative. This study provides empirical evidence on what roles Party secretaries play, filling an obvious gap in the literature on Chinese higher education institution administration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
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