Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Administrator perceptions of the community college mission in the state of Mississippi and how it may be influenced by the addition of community college baccalaureate programs
by Grizzell, Scharvin Schweldon, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2016, 99; 10100339
Abstract (Summary)

For many years, community colleges that chose to offer community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs were looked upon in a negative light (Rice, 2015). However, as the need for specialized baccalaureates within specific fields and job markets have continued to grow (McKee, 2005), CCB programs are becoming more widely accepted throughout the United States. In spite of this paradigm shift, Mississippi is one of the remaining states that have not embraced the idea of CCB programs, in spite of its statistical deficiency in regards to baccalaureate degree holding citizens (Williams, 2010).

The focus of this study was to explore the perceptions of community college administrators in Mississippi with regards to the influence of CCB programs to the community college mission of institutions in their state. This study indicates that administrators in Mississippi recognize the benefits of offering CCB programs, but do not want CCB programs to take away from the well-established statewide higher education system through mission creep. Many of the strong position statements received overwhelmingly neutral responses. In contrast, Administrators who chose to give their opinion indicated that they are not familiar with how CCB programs are implemented, and do not believe that Mississippi is ready for CCB programs across the state. However, respondents felt that the community college mission is always evolving, should meet students’ needs, and varies from location to location. The findings also show that administrators are favorable to the piloting of CCB programs at a few (1-2) institutions, even though they believe the programs will take funding away from current programs and do not want community colleges evolving into 4-year institutions. The study also concludes that there is a significant difference between institution size and survey questions #18 and #20. There is also a significant difference between length of time in the community college sector and survey questions #15, #17, and #18.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: King, Stephanie B.
Commitee: Davis, James E., Stumpf, Arthur D., Wiseman, William M.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Ccb, Community college baccalaureate, Kruskal-wallis, Mission creep, Mission evolution, Mississippi
Publication Number: 10100339
ISBN: 9781339642543
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