Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Presidential leadership practices of high-performing community colleges
by Kimmens, Randall M., Ed.D., Northern Arizona University, 2014, 117; 3621112
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the presidential leadership practices of high-performing community colleges. The purpose of this study was to better understand the intersection between leadership and high-performing community colleges in the context of a complex and challenging environment. To this end, the study examined the leadership styles of four community college presidents to determine how their leadership influences the performance of their institutions. The study included interviews of four community college presidents serving at colleges selected as winners or finalists of distinction of the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program. Four faculty presidents from the same colleges were also interviewed to determine their understanding of how the college president's leadership influences the performance of the institution. The researcher asked three questions related to presidential leadership and the high performance of the community college. 1) What is the relationship between leadership and high performance at community colleges? 2) What type of leadership styles and frameworks are utilized by presidents at high-performing community colleges? 3) What competencies, knowledge areas, and skills do presidents at high-performing community colleges display? The eight participants in this study were asked 12 open-ended questions pertaining to community college presidential leadership practices. Results from the studyprovide insight into the leadership of community college presidents and the high performance of their institution.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: VanDerLinden, Kim
Commitee: Dereshiwsky, Mary, Glasperr, Rufus, Grace, Judy, VanDerLinden, Kim
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration
Keywords: Administration, Community college, Leadership, Performance, Presidents
Publication Number: 3621112
ISBN: 9781303919961
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