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Transitioning to a Community College Applied Baccalaureate Degree: Expectations for Change and Perceptions of Quality, Academic Rigor, and Purpose
by Morman, Carol L., Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, 2020, 231; 28024247
Abstract (Summary)

Technical degrees, community college baccalaureates, and applied degrees do not have standard definitions and their value to industry is not well known. The purpose of this study was to use an explanatory sequential mixed-methods approach to collect the perceptions and expectations of employers toward a single proposed degree offering in Ohio. Owners, human resource personnel, and land surveyors with involvement in hiring decisions were surveyed and a sample of the respondents were interviewed to gather this information. It was found that industry does not have concerns with the quality of a community college education and they are not concerned with who confers the degree. It was also found that industry sees many advantages to the applied degree over the traditional university baccalaureate. The findings in this study may serve as the evidence needed to expand quality, academically rigorous baccalaureate-level education through community college applied baccalaureate degrees in the United States.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Faulkner, Shawn A.
Commitee: Hodgson, Theodore, Wasicsko, M. Mark
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Education Leadership
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration
Keywords: Applied baccalaureate degrees, Community college applied baccalaureate degrees, Community college baccalaureate degrees, Employer perceptions in education, Land surveying education, Technical applied baccalaureate degrees
Publication Number: 28024247
ISBN: 9798569900039
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