Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Making it work: Factors that influence the success of programs at rural community colleges
by Calwell, Rebecca, Ed.D., Marshall University, 2014, 101; 3617131
Abstract (Summary)

Community colleges are expected to contribute to economic development efforts by implementing new programs that respond to the needs of business and industry. Program development is complex, especially for community colleges in rural areas where business and industry are scarce. This qualitative study explores the factors that influence successful occupational programs at rural community colleges. Participants included administrators, faculty members, and students associated with three rural community colleges in West Virginia, as well as one state-level administrator and a former community college president. This study indicates the importance of five factors that influence the success of occupational programs: demand for the skills taught by the program, the leadership of the program director, the effectiveness of instruction, the support provided to students, and the relationship to business and industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nicholson, Barbara
Commitee: Childress, Ronald, Cunningham, Michael, Lassiter, Eric
School: Marshall University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Higher education
Keywords: Community college, Faculty, Higher education, Leadership, Occupational programs, Students
Publication Number: 3617131
ISBN: 978-1-303-84266-5
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