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.
|Advisor:||Faulkner, Shawn A.|
|Commitee:||Hodgson, Theodore, Wasicsko, M. Mark|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|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|
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