Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Larry H. Ebbers
The present study was designed to investigate the perceptions of the state governance structure and mission of Iowa's area community colleges. The objectives of the study were to determine the current functions identified as being important for area colleges to perform in the future and to identify how state governance of area colleges should be defined in the future;Educators, policymakers and business leaders were surveyed via a mail survey (531 subjects yielding a response rate of 46.7%) to examine the current and future functions of the area colleges and to examine the areas of responsibility and the type of authority that should be vested in the State Board of Education and the Department of Education in relationship to the area community colleges. For the purposes of this study, the mission of community colleges was measured by educators, policymakers and business leaders perception of the instructional credit, instructional noncredit, and noninstructional activities that should be conducted by the colleges. Governance of the community colleges was measured by the respondents' perception of the type of authority that should be vested in the State Board of Education and the Department of Education. The following four types of authority were examined; regulation, coordination, leadership, and no state involvement;Differences in perceptions of mission among these subgroups were explored through analysis of variance. Statistically significant differences were observed using Scheffe post-hoc tests (p ≤.01) for "future" instructional noncredit programs and noninstructional activities;Differences in perception among these subgroups were explored through chi-square to determine if the subgroups' perceptions were statistically significant. Statistically significant differences were observed for 36 of the 49 areas of responsibility studied;The results of the analysis of the descriptive data were similar perceptions of mission between the subgroups based on demographic characteristics;The findings emphasized strong agreement concerning the current and future functions of the community colleges and significant differences regarding the type of authority that the State Board and Department of Education should exert with regard to the area community colleges.
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Mavis E. Kelley
Kelley, Mavis E., "Perceptions of mission and governance of Iowa's area community colleges " (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 9377.