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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reconfiguring academic priorities: Through the eyes of Michigan community college Chief Academic Officers
by Bergh, Patricia A., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2009, 219; 3399955
Abstract (Summary)

Strategic planning decisions and determinations in higher education present significant challenges even during relatively uneventful economic periods. In times of economic turbulence, the only predictable factor is a constantly diminishing funding base. Community colleges in particular are affected most directly and immediately by downturns in the economy. They are the designated sites for displaced worker retraining, a lower cost option for students priced out of four-year colleges and universities, and a last-chance opportunity for underprepared students. The community college Chief Academic Officer (CAO) carries out the instructional mission of the institution, and in that capacity determines the instructional activities that the institution will provide. When funding is limited and demands are increased on all levels, determinations of instructional direction and scope dictate how the institution can and will respond to the community's needs. Using a qualitative emerging theory approach, the goal of this study was to discover how Michigan community college CAOs would address these demands. The findings revealed that while none of the CAOs expressed any desire or intent at that time to abandon any of the instructional tasks that their institutions were currently performing, all acknowledged that any additional tasks that their institutions would assume, by necessity, had to be limited in scope.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nanna, Michael
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership, Education Policy, Higher education
Keywords: Academic priorities, Chief academic officers, Community college, Higher education: strategic planning, Michigan, Policy analysis
Publication Number: 3399955
ISBN: 978-1-109-66134-7
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