Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A community college's loss of accreditation: A case study
by Young, Janet L., Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 183; 3425192
Abstract (Summary)

In 2006, Urban Community College (pseudonym) became the first public community college to lose its accreditation. In order to continue serving its students the school was required to partner with a neighboring college and was renamed an "Educational Center." The overall objective of this study was to gain an understanding of the perceived leadership and governance issues that led to the college's loss of accreditation and the affects this phenomenon had on the campus community.

This qualitative case study included a review of primary source documents including reports, journal and newspaper articles, internal documents, and 15 interviews of past and present staff, faculty, administrators, and special trustees. The participants were selected based upon their ability to contribute historical information, insights, and perspectives on various issues relating to leadership and governance prior to the college's loss of accreditation.

The major finding revealed that a lack of adherence to policy and practice which included corruption, unethical behavior, insufficient fiscal oversight, and micromanagement on the part of the Board of Trustees were the main issues that led to Urban Community College's loss of accreditation. The findings also showed that the faculty acted to bring the leadership problems to the attention of the authorities for many years. The study also revealed that the college's loss of accreditation had a profound and negative emotional effect on the campus community. Recommendations for policy and practice aimed at improving a community's ability to select and monitor Board members' actions as well as recommendations for future research are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vega, William M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Higher education
Keywords: Accreditation, Governance, Leadership, Leadership failure, Loss of accreditation
Publication Number: 3425192
ISBN: 978-1-124-25962-8
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