Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of shifting funding levels on the institutional effectiveness of historically Black colleges and universities
by Alfred, Anelle Shanna Jayd, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2016, 200; 10172667
Abstract (Summary)

While there exists extensive research on the historical development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States, there is limited research focused on the current development of HBCUs in terms of institutional effectiveness and strategic planning. This gap in the research is particularly relevant in the midst of shifts in state funding that have occurred over the past decade. This research study is designed to move further towards filling this research gap by determinations through the examination of: (1) the interplay of fiscal issues and institutional effectiveness in relation to the historic mission, strategic efforts, and state mandates within the context of HBCUs; (2) the perceived institutional effectiveness of HBCUs by key internal and external stakeholders; and (3) the alignment of HBCU mission statements with mandated metrics of institutional effectiveness. Using a qualitative research design, an exploratory multisite case study was employed across two institutions. Nine key HBCU stakeholders such as the Presidents and the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Financial Affairs, and Alumni Affairs were interviewed to gain their perspectives on institutional effectiveness in relationship to shifting funding, heightened accountability, planned strategies to address these issues, and how these issues directly impact institutional effectiveness at HBCUs. Interviewee perspectives of shifts in funding were examined using a researcher-developed conceptual framework. In addition to conducting interviews, the researcher engaged in document review of relevant university documents, as well as a review of funding patterns of state allocations retrieved from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data from the three sources were triangulated and a two-layered coding strategy was used for further analysis. Findings from this data analysis were then used to address the five research questions presented in this study. The findings revealed that fluctuating shifts in state allocated funding has created a complex environment for HBCUs. Key HBCU administrators held similar perspectives, that in the midst of such a complex environment, emergent institutional response strategies have been put into place to maintain HBCU institutional effectiveness within the context of the historic HBCU mission.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wright, Diane A.
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Educational leadership, School administration, Higher education
Keywords: Historically Black colleges and University, Institutional effectiveness, Public state funding for education
Publication Number: 10172667
ISBN: 978-1-369-27419-6
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