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ERIC Number: EJ837456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Reflections of Women Leading Community Colleges
Eddy, Pamela L.
Community College Enterprise, v14 n1 p49-66 Spr 2008
As the "people's college," community colleges have a reputation of being more welcoming of women--as students, faculty, and administrators (Townsend & Twombly, 2006). However, the current percentage of women leading community colleges, which is hovering at 29% (American Council on Education, 2007), begs the question of why parity is not witnessed at the helm of these colleges, especially when 57% of community college students are women (NCES, 2004). The present phenomenological study investigates the positions six women presidents hold, critical incidents that have impacted their career decisions, the role of mentoring, and how these leaders are encouraging others that will eventually take their places. Key emergent themes include the role of serendipity, encouragement by others to test the leadership waters, self-determination to pursue a presidency, and career sequencing based on family.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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