Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study of one college's organizational shift to support student learning
by Ross, Patricia A., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 641; 3441252
Abstract (Summary)

The Higher Education Reauthorization Act includes a call for increased accountability and assessment. Effectively addressing such changes would require individual campuses to undergo major transformations en route to becoming more student-learning centered. The mixed method case study involves describing the multilevel leadership changes and organizational shifts that unfolded at Moorpark College as the senior campus administration initiated a new academic hierarchy to replace the more traditional one. Through the new hierarchy, the administration hoped to improve communication and decision-making protocols and enhance accountability through student-learning outcomes and state core indicators. By cataloging the resulting campus organizational changes, the case study includes details of the evolution of campus leadership roles and responsibilities that initially made multiple deans responsible for a combination of academic, student service, and vocational programs. The case study involved triangulating four avenues of research to record the feedback and perceptions regarding the effectiveness of the changes on the Moorpark College campus by reviewing primary source documents, cataloging state reported student enrollment data, interviewing current and former leaders, and conducting a survey of the current campus climate to assess the college as a learning-centered institution. The results document the transformation, describing problems and successes that surfaced throughout the process. Other educational leaders will be able to learn from the experience at Moorpark College to modify their attempts at college transformations that will heighten assessment and accountability across their own campuses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Robbins, Mary
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 72/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational evaluation, Higher education
Keywords: Campus transformation, Educational leadership, Horizontal organization, Learning enhancement, Organizational shift
Publication Number: 3441252
ISBN: 978-1-124-44988-3
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