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Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents In The United States , Barbara Jo Crittenden

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Given the important role of community colleges and the critical role the presidents of these institutions play, it is important that research is conducted that will help clarify what makes some community college presidents effective while others are not, what preparatory factors contribute to development of outstanding leaders, and how leadership can be strengthened through improved preparation of leaders. This study explored nine preparation factors which may contribute to development of outstanding community college leadership skills. Respondents were also divided into five geographic regions and compared to determine if differences existed by location;A survey instrument designed to collect demographic ...


Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr. Jan 1997

Study Of The Comparative Perceptions Of The Communication Of Vision By Iowa Community College Presidents , Winston Black Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was conducted to examine the perceptions of the communication of vision by Iowa community college presidents. The perceptions of two groups with whom community college presidents interact on a regular basis, members of the boards of directors and leadership team members, are investigated and compared with the perceptions of the communication of vision the presidents have of themselves. The entire populations of these three groups, 242 individuals, were invited to participate in the study with a return rate of 73%;The approach taken in this study begins with an historical look at leadership and the significance of vision ...


Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin Jan 1997

Preparation Factors Common In Outstanding Community College Presidents , Charles Henry Mcfarlin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The need for skilled senior leaders within community colleges has long been acknowledged. This study identified and explored preparation factors which may contribute to the development of outstanding community college leadership skills;Surveys designed to collect both demographic information and information on the respondent's leadership preparation were sent to all presidents of public, two year institutions located in the Upper Midwest. A return rate of 85% (125/147) was achieved. A peer rating method was used to divide the respondents into two groups; outstanding/leading and normative;Demographic data from the two groups were compared. The peer selected outstanding ...


Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen Jan 1997

Community College General Education Impact On Student Critical Thinking Ability , Judith Hansen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study of the impact of community college general education, semester hours on student critical thinking ability responded to national and regional research recommendations in analysis of three components: (1) critical thinking, (2) general education, and (3) community college. Student critical thinking ability was measured by student scores on the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking component exam. General education was defined as the semester hours completed in each of five general education areas required for associate degree graduation: communications, humanities, math, science, and social science. All data for this study were obtained from the records of ...


A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes Jan 1995

A Feasibility Study To Determine If There Is A Market For Iowa Central Community College Storm Lake To Offer Arts/Sciences And Vocational Technical Courses, Sharon Louise Holmes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Women's Leadership Development: A Case Study Involving Iowa's Community Colleges And The Leadership Institute For A New Century , Glenda Kay Gallisath Jan 1995

Women's Leadership Development: A Case Study Involving Iowa's Community Colleges And The Leadership Institute For A New Century , Glenda Kay Gallisath

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of the study was to describe the role of the Leadership Institute for a New Century (LINC) in leadership development for women and people of color. The case study of selected LINC stakeholders focused on leadership development, the enhancement of leadership skills, and the use of type theory in leadership development. Data sources used were: (1) the Satisfaction and Perception Survey completed by LINC participants; (2) personal semi-structured interviews of selected LINC stakeholders; (3) the data base of type profiles for LINC participants, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Methods of data analysis were descriptive statistics for the ...


An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris Jan 1995

An Outcomes Study Of Students Participating In The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act 1990-1993 , Sherril Ann Harris

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Iowa Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEOA) was passed by the Iowa Legislature in 1987 and permits high school students to enroll in college classes for college credit and also apply that credit to high school graduation requirements. To date no longitudinal research has been conducted to track students participating in this program through a four-year university experience, and the state's educational sectors have indicated a need for such research. This study tracked the educational progress of 204 high school students who earned PSEO credit through four Iowa community colleges and transferred this credit to Iowa's three Regent ...


Satisfaction With College Outcomes And Career Services: A Study Of Students Enrolled At Public 2-Year And 4-Year Institutions In The Midwest , Luanne M. Ahrens Jan 1994

Satisfaction With College Outcomes And Career Services: A Study Of Students Enrolled At Public 2-Year And 4-Year Institutions In The Midwest , Luanne M. Ahrens

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine student perception of the importance of attaining skills and to measure college satisfaction as students were about to graduate or leave their current public college. The study utilized American College Testing's (ACT) World-of-Work Map and College Outcomes Survey instrument;Participants in this study, 4,421 college students at 36 public 2- and 4-year institutions in 13 Midwestern states, rated the perceived importance of attaining 26 skills, expressed their level of satisfaction with 39 aspects of college life and identified their occupational choice. In addition, descriptive information was gathered including lifetime educational ...


Evaluation Of Two-Way Interactive Television For Community College Instruction: Development Of An Instrument And Assessment Of Student Attitudes , Christine Knupp Sorensen Jan 1994

Evaluation Of Two-Way Interactive Television For Community College Instruction: Development Of An Instrument And Assessment Of Student Attitudes , Christine Knupp Sorensen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation is organized in three sections. The first section includes a review of the literature related to distance education covering (1) the history and definition of distance education, (2) a review of evaluation instruments used to assess student perceptions and attitudes, and (3) a summary of research findings in five areas of distance education: student motivation, student persistence, student achievement, student satisfaction, and comparisons of students in distance and traditional education settings. The focus of the literature review is on distance education using telecommunications technologies;Second, an article describing the development of an evaluation instrument for use in an ...


Factors Related To The Academic Success Of Community College Agricultural Students Who Transfer To Four-Year Institutions , Daniel Warren Brown Jan 1994

Factors Related To The Academic Success Of Community College Agricultural Students Who Transfer To Four-Year Institutions , Daniel Warren Brown

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study was designed to answer questions as to whether community college Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree students transfer and, if so, whether they are successful academically;Based on the overall transfer rate, it appears that vocational educational programs in agriculture at Iowa's community colleges are meeting their primary mission of school to work;For this study five hypotheses were formulated to determine whether there was a relationship between when the decision was made to transfer by AAS agricultural community college students and their performance and progress in the four-year institution;Two questionnaires were developed to collect the ...


Student, Instructor, And Program Factors Associated With Student Success In An Associate Degree Nursing Program , Mary Furleigh Woerner Jan 1993

Student, Instructor, And Program Factors Associated With Student Success In An Associate Degree Nursing Program , Mary Furleigh Woerner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study's primary purpose was to identify student, instructor, and program factors associated with student success in the Associate Degree Nursing program at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). Involving one class, the research utilized quantitative and qualitative components;The quantitative study used two instruments. First, the National League for Nursing (NLN) Comprehensive Nursing Achievement Test was given as a pretest at the beginning of the class's first semester in the program and later, as a posttest, at the end of their sophomore second semester. "Value-added" scores (the difference between pre- and posttest scores) were calculated for each ...


College Bound/Images: How Students Perceive A Precollege Program To Increase The Pool Of Ethnic Minorities Seeking College Admission At Iowa's Regents Institutions , Sandy Hoagland Jr. Jan 1993

College Bound/Images: How Students Perceive A Precollege Program To Increase The Pool Of Ethnic Minorities Seeking College Admission At Iowa's Regents Institutions , Sandy Hoagland Jr.

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine how students who are academically marginal or academically at-risk perceive College Bound/Images as a precollege program to increase the pool of ethnic minorities seeking college admission at Iowa's Regents institutions. The study identifies factors associated with students' perceptions of College Bound/Images as a precollege program to increase the pool of ethnic minorities seeking college admission upon high school completion in Iowa. The research was guided by 17 questions;The second phase of the study involved a mailed questionnaire to 450 ethnic minority students currently enrolled in the College Bound ...


Effectiveness Of Developmental Courses And The Voluntary Placement System At An Iowa Community College , Karen Perry Pierson Jan 1993

Effectiveness Of Developmental Courses And The Voluntary Placement System At An Iowa Community College , Karen Perry Pierson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose was to evaluate developmental course effectiveness by comparing three groups of students in terms of the following: cumulative grade point average; total credits earned; goal attainment for certificate, degree, and transfer; certificate earned; and degree earned. The three groups were: (1) Exempt Group: exempt from developmental skills courses in reading, writing, numerical skills, and elementary algebra, (2) Completer Group: completed all four developmental skills courses (may have been exempt from some), and (3) Did Not Complete Group: assessed as needing at least one developmental skills course and did not complete at least one. The effectiveness of the voluntary ...


Community College Community Services/Continuing Education Directors: Competencies Needed For Future Leadership , Dale Alan Amunson Jan 1993

Community College Community Services/Continuing Education Directors: Competencies Needed For Future Leadership , Dale Alan Amunson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify and define competencies for community college community services/continuing education directors;A review of literature on community college community services/continuing education, community services leadership, community college presidential competencies, and business management/leadership was conducted. The review of literature yielded little literature on community services/continuing education research and writings. Literature on community college presidential competencies and business management/leadership was more prevalent which provided competencies appropriate for community service/continuing education directors. A doctoral dissertation conducted in 1989 provided a set of 43 identified competencies for community college presidents. The competencies ...


Selected Perceptions Of Aspects Of Sex Equity And Affirmative Action Within Iowa Community Colleges , Carl Roy Heilman Jan 1992

Selected Perceptions Of Aspects Of Sex Equity And Affirmative Action Within Iowa Community Colleges , Carl Roy Heilman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research project was undertaken in order to study selected perceptions of issues related to sex equity and affirmative action within chosen Iowa merged area community colleges. The four major objectives of this research project were to determine the extent of knowledge of the adoption of institutional policies relating to state-mandated affirmative action, to determine the extent of knowledge of the implementation of state-mandated policies relating to affirmative action, to determine if there is a need for policy implementation on the part of community colleges, and to determine if the Iowa Department of Education should continue to promote affirmative action ...


The Impact Of Incoming Student Characteristics And College Environment On Community College Student Success , Susan Croy Norton Jan 1992

The Impact Of Incoming Student Characteristics And College Environment On Community College Student Success , Susan Croy Norton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The primary purpose of this study was to identify incoming student characteristics and college environment variables predictive of student success at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). Using the I-E-O model developed by Astin, the researcher investigated input variables of prior academic achievement, gender, race, personality type, age, socio-economic status, and educational goal; environmental variables of full or part time attendance, on or off campus classes, commuter or dormitory residence, major area of study, goal congruence, student involvement, and student satisfaction; and student success measured by self-assessment, grade point average, and ratio of number of hours completed to number of ...


Factors That Influence Course Difficulty , George Cleveland Bradley Jan 1992

Factors That Influence Course Difficulty , George Cleveland Bradley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Throughout the academic community it is generally accepted that there are degrees of difficulty among college courses. The source of variability in course difficulty could be related to background knowledge of students, variability in instructional methods, and variability in the characteristics of the subject matter;Some courses may be more difficult than other courses because of the content of the courses. These are the courses that present students with abstract ideas and are based on the assumption that students have the ability to think in abstract terms. The vocabulary presented in many of these courses is often foreign to students ...


Academic Advising: A Comparative Analysis Of National Norms In Public Community Colleges And In The League For Innovation In The Community College , Dava Paulette James Jan 1992

Academic Advising: A Comparative Analysis Of National Norms In Public Community Colleges And In The League For Innovation In The Community College , Dava Paulette James

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The focus of this study was the identification and analysis of academic advising model components and trends in public community colleges and in the League for Innovation in the Community College, a national, nonprofit, educational consortium of progressive community colleges. The results of a 1987 American College Testing national survey and the results of a 1992 survey of League for Innovation members were utilized. Based on these data, academic advising delivery systems were analyzed and reviewed for the purpose of identifying the components of quality advising programs in community colleges;The study elicited answers to the following research questions: (1 ...


Perceptions Of Existing And Desired Institutional Goal Priorities Among Four Major Constituent Groups At A Multi-Campus Community College , Daphanne Lynette Thomas Jan 1991

Perceptions Of Existing And Desired Institutional Goal Priorities Among Four Major Constituent Groups At A Multi-Campus Community College , Daphanne Lynette Thomas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research provides an analysis of the perceptions of existing and desired institutional goal priorities at the multi-campus, single-unit, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of similarities and differences both between and within key constituent groups--faculty, students, administrators, and trustees--regarding the importance of goal statements from the Community College Goals Inventory (CCGI), developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS);An one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t-test from the SPSSx statistical computer package was employed to determine the difference between the constituent groups and campuses. When statistically significant differences were ...


An Investigation Into The Roles And Responsibilities Of Chief Unit Administrators Within Multiunit Community College Districts , Judy K. Nissen Jan 1991

An Investigation Into The Roles And Responsibilities Of Chief Unit Administrators Within Multiunit Community College Districts , Judy K. Nissen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify the roles and responsibilities of chief unit administrators within multiunit community college districts. In addition, the study also included data about the perceptions chief unit administrators had toward their roles and their relationships with other unit administrators and central office administrators;The sample consisted of nine chief unit administrators in three multiunit community college districts located in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. A qualitative approach was implemented to conduct the study and method triangulation was used to collect the data. The collection of data was accomplished through on-site interviews with chief unit administrators ...


Relationship Of Perceived Classroom Social Climate And Course Performance In Computer Literacy Classes , Jolyne Lockwood Ghanatabadi Jan 1991

Relationship Of Perceived Classroom Social Climate And Course Performance In Computer Literacy Classes , Jolyne Lockwood Ghanatabadi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The three conjectures which formed the basis for this study were: (1) People who have more authority and responsibility in a setting tend to see the setting more positively. (2) Perceptions of the classroom social climate may be influenced by factors involving the time class is offered, location of class, and gender of students. (3) Students choose to participate in learning activities when they feel comfortable and challenged within the classroom and in return have lower absentee rates and receive higher course grades;The population selected for the study were 25 sections of the course Introduction to Computer Literacy, which ...


A Study Of The Relative Effect Of The Community College On Transfer Students: Achievement And Satisfaction , Daniel Joseph Phelan Jan 1990

A Study Of The Relative Effect Of The Community College On Transfer Students: Achievement And Satisfaction , Daniel Joseph Phelan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cumulative semester credit hour achievement and student satisfaction with the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) experience on transfer student academic achievement at graduation from a baccalaureate-granting institution. In addition, this study determined transfer student satisfaction with their NIACC preparation as individuals, for the work place, as citizens, and as family members;Specifically, the study sample included first-time transfer students who first enrolled at NIACC between the fall 1981 and summer 1983 semesters inclusive, and had both an ACT composite score and a high school cumulative grade point average ...


Variance In Student Ratings Of Part-Time And Full-Time Instructor Effectiveness By Teaching Field And Function At A Midwestern Community College , Martha Jane Kirker Jan 1990

Variance In Student Ratings Of Part-Time And Full-Time Instructor Effectiveness By Teaching Field And Function At A Midwestern Community College , Martha Jane Kirker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to investigate whether differences in teaching effectiveness exist between full-time and part-time community college instructors in specific educational disciplines. The study examined faculty representing a number of teaching fields. Past research investigated the quality of instruction of part-time faculty and full-time faculty but did not investigate the possible differences in quality within the two groups;Student evaluations of instructors at one community college provided a measure of teaching effectiveness. Multiple analysis of variance analyzed part-time and full-time instructor groups, using student evaluations of instructor scores for teaching fields. The data set included scores from ...


Perceptions Of Mission And Governance Of Iowa's Area Community Colleges , Mavis E. Kelley Jan 1990

Perceptions Of Mission And Governance Of Iowa's Area Community Colleges , Mavis E. Kelley

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


A Legislative History Of The Comprehensive Community College System In Nebraska 1926-1986: From Junior College To Technical Community College , Michael Lee Knedler Jan 1989

A Legislative History Of The Comprehensive Community College System In Nebraska 1926-1986: From Junior College To Technical Community College , Michael Lee Knedler

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine and analyze the legislative evolution of the technical community college system in Nebraska. Historical inquiry was combined with Campbell et al.'s conceptual framework of the public policy-making process (social forces, antecedents, legislative action, and formal enactment). Primary sources included newspaper articles, legislative enactments, government documents, and minutes of legislative committee meetings. Secondary sources included reports, dissertations, and books;Four bills were found to be fundamental to the creation on the technical community college system. They were: Senate File 1 (1931) which legalized public junior colleges, Legislative Bill 148 (1941) which established ...


Goal Consensus In Selected Community Colleges , M. Noreen Coyan Jan 1985

Goal Consensus In Selected Community Colleges , M. Noreen Coyan

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to identify the priority goal rankings at four selected community colleges in the North Central Accreditation Region by 42 administrators, 185 full-time faculty, and 548 full-time students. The colleges were similar in governance pattern, publically financed, comprehensive in program, similar in student enrollment, and co-educational with similar perceived mission;Research questions included (1) What is the rank order of perceived (is) and preferred (should be) goals of all of the participants, of administrators, of full-time faculty, of full-time students, and of each college in the study? (2) Do significant differences exist between the perceived ...