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ERIC Number: EJ1140986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1936-3478
Critical Issues Facing America's Community Colleges: A Summary of the Community College Futures Assembly 2011 Mixed Methods/Appreciative Inquiry Research Project
Basham, Matthew J.; Campbell, Dale F.; Mahmood, Hajara; Martin, Kenyatta
Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, v8 n1 p13-32 Spr 2012
For almost 20 years the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) has met annually in Orlando, Florida to serve as a showcase of best practices in community college administration and to serve as a think-tank for research and policy. Through the years the research methodology has evolved. The 2011 CCFA used a mixed-methods approach: qualitative research was collected in several focus groups to produce quantitative categories for voting in the beginning and end of the conference on those critical issues facing community colleges. Between voting sessions the participants attended the showcases of the best practices as well as a presentation demonstrating the sustainability of the winning programs from the past year. Final voting was intended to determine if a relationship exists between the voting sessions based upon the presentations. The descriptive statistics reveal the participants feel very strongly about some sort of redefinition of "education completion" needing to be developed. Moreover, the findings also show a statistically significant difference on opinions of the critical issues facing community colleges based upon the generation of the subject. The findings, including opportunities and challenges, potential implications for community college administrators, and future research topics are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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