ERIC Number: EJ823222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Perceptions and Reflections of Administrators: Community Colleges Transitioning to Baccalaureate Colleges
Bemmel, Edwin P.; Floyd, Deborah L.; Bryan, Valerie C.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v33 n2 p151-176 Feb 2009
Community colleges in a number of states are expanding their roles to include baccalaureate degree programming. While the lower cost for delivery of these programs is often a motivating reason for community college baccalaureate, other factors also make these programs attractive alternatives. This article reports the findings of a case study that was used to assess the factors other than costs that could make community college baccalaureate programs a more attractive alternative than the current university baccalaureate programs. Using a comprehensive literature search and the voices and work experiences of five community college administrators a total of 8 major themes were identified or emerged: (a) political, (b) location and access, (c) ranking within the state, (d) quality, (e) growth, (f) salary structure, (g) expense allocation, and (h) a funding model. The study also identified several factors that could make the community college baccalaureate a more attractive alternative and concluded with recommendations for practice, policy, and future research.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, College Administration, Administrators, Case Studies, Bachelors Degrees, Literature Reviews, Politics of Education, School Location, Access to Education, School Effectiveness, Educational Finance, Teacher Salaries, Classification, Rating Scales, Institutional Evaluation, Reputation, Educational Legislation, State Legislation, Administrator Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Florida