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Doctor of Philosophy


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First Advisor

Daniel C. Robinson


The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the role of hospital-related allied health colleges in higher education; how changes in the nation's health care system have impacted these colleges; and the leadership characteristics of allied health college presidents. Based on the propositions that health care education and the preparation of a health care workforce are integral parts of our society's health care system, theories of environmental change and organizational development are presented as a theoretical foundation for this study. Four research questions were identified as the focus of exploration for this research study: (1) What impact have the changes in the health care delivery system had on hospital-related allied health colleges? (2) What issues have hospital-related colleges experienced in response to these changes? (3) What is the role of hospital-related allied health colleges in health care and higher education? (4) What leadership characteristics are critical to the success of these institutions in response to a changing health care environment?;Nine allied health college presidents, who comprise the membership of the National Consortium of Health Science Colleges, were selected to participate in the study. Utilizing an interview approach, each of the presidents participated in a minimum of two 60-minute personal and telephone interviews consisting of open-ended questions. Interviews were tape recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. Data analysis of the interview content were based on emerging themes, common patterns, perceptions, and experiences of the study participants. Consensual validation and member checks were incorporated into the research process. A field journal was maintained by the researcher as an audit trail throughout the study;The significance of this research study focuses on gaining useful and theoretically based information to assist educators, hospital administrators, and health care providers in preparing health care professionals; understanding the role of hospital-related colleges in health care and higher education and identifying leadership characteristics of college presidents; all within a changing health care delivery system. The researcher believes this study will contribute descriptive and qualitative information to the higher education and allied health literature.



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