Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of the impact of a leadership development program on a community college's front-line and middle managers
by Adcock-Shantz, Jennifer K., Ed.D., Northern Arizona University, 2011, 195; 3490538
Abstract (Summary)

Current research indicates that community colleges are facing what has been termed a “leadership crisis” due to the high number of Baby Boomers retiring and those planning to retire in the next several years (McCall, 2006; Bagnato, 2004; Shults, 2001). In 2006, the American Association of Community Colleges recommended community colleges create a “Grow-Your-Own” leadership development program in response to the number of sooner-than-later retirements. Many of the nation’s community colleges heeded the recommendation and designed their own leadership development programs. This mixed methods study analyzed the impact of a specific southwestern community college’s “Grow-Your-Own” leadership development program on the development of leadership skills for the college’s front-line and middle managers. Conclusions from statistical tests conducted on the pre- and post-assessment data showed no significance except one instance which was attributable to growth. In addition, conclusions from qualitative data collected during one-on-one interviews indicate the college’s leadership development program did have an impact front-line and middle managers at the southwestern community college.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wiggall, Richard L.
Commitee: Delecki, Walter J., Emanuel, Gary L., Koberna, Sharon G.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: College, Community, Community college, Development, Front-line managers, Leadership, Leadership development, Middle managers
Publication Number: 3490538
ISBN: 978-1-267-11491-4
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