The purpose of this study was to analyze the mission of a community college regarding a change from democratic to capitalistic. A case study methodology was employed by converging on one North Carolina community college. Data were gathered by conducting 4 individual interviews, 3 focus groups, and document analyses. Documents examined included mission statements, both current and past; long range goals; service reviews from the Continuing Education office; past statements of purpose and objectives; and college catalogs. Data were coded into 30 categories that generated 3 major themes and 3 minor themes. Each theme was related to each original research question through mission alignment, business and industry collaboration, and curriculum. All data sources yielded a great deal of information that supported both the democratic and capitalistic approach. The results showed evidence of both the capitalistic and democratic missions coexisting on this campus.
|Commitee:||Jovanovich, Donna, McKelvey, Susan P.|
|School:||The George Washington University|
|Department:||Higher Education Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Community college education, Higher Education Administration|
|Keywords:||Capitalistic, Case study, Community colleges, Democratic, Mission, Mission change|
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