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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions and utilization of intra-county consortia by California county superintendents of schools
by Rodgers, Marcella Louise, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2008, 224; 3321620
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the utilization of intra-county consortia facilitated by the fifty-eight (58) California county superintendents of schools and their perceived effectiveness of consortia. A mixed methods design was used that incorporated survey results and follow-up interviews with the superintendents. Assessing the current utilization of consortia and collaboration by the California county offices of education developed baseline data.

The review of the literature provided a scholarly perspective of related leadership and organizational development theories, collaboration concepts, consortia case studies, and success factors of public school consortium endeavors. The literature revealed very limited research of California county office of education intra-county consortia, but the research did present successful consortia case studies at the school site and district levels.

The superintendent survey return rate of seventy-eight percent (78%) produced a ninety-five percent (95%) confidence level that the responses reflected that of the total population of superintendents statewide. Eighty-two percent (82.2%) of the superintendents indicated that they had at least one County Office of Education (COE) led consortium, formal or informal. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the consortia respondents perceived a consortium as a very useful vehicle for addressing their service area challenges.

The survey findings revealed that one hundred percent (100%) of the respondents perceived their overall consortia effectiveness to be from good to outstanding. The highest ranked barriers to consortia success were a lack of funding and not meeting the needs of their consortia membership.

During the follow-up interviews, the superintendents unanimously indicated that although consortia leadership was a great deal of work, the rewards were well worth the effort. The survey respondents who chose not to use consortia knew very little about consortia and did not appear to have an interest in learning more about how to establish or operate one.

Recommendations for future study included research to quantify measurable consortium outcomes in terms of consortium goals, a comparison between consortia and other collaborative endeavors in terms of measurable outcomes, and a study to measure the cost effectiveness of consortia in comparison with other methods of operation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Amussen, Susan
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Elementary education, Secondary education
Keywords: California, Collaboration, Consortium, Leadership, Organizational development, Schools, Superintendents
Publication Number: 3321620
ISBN: 978-0-549-71997-7
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